Freelance Writers' $18M Copyright Settlement Tossed

Law360, New York (November 29, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An $18 million settlement resolving a class action copyright lawsuit by freelance writers against a group of publishers has been set aside by a federal appeals court, which has ruled the Manhattan judge who approved the deal lacked jurisdiction.

The ruling vacates an agreement negotiated in 2005 after a decade-long fight over the rights to electronically published works by defendants including Dow Jones & Co., The New York Times and the owners of databases Westlaw and ProQuest Co., Reed Elsevier Group's LexisNexis.

In the 2-1 opinion...
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