Steinbeck Heirs, Penguin Fight For Rights To 'The Pearl'

Law360, New York (October 15, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court may have denied writ of certiorari, but the epic copyright battle over John Steinbeck's works continued as lawyers faced off Thursday over rights connected to “The Pearl.”

On Thursday, the attorneys for publisher Penguin Group (USA) Inc. appeared before Judge George B. Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, urging him to issue a judgment declaring invalid a termination notice asserted by Steinbeck's son Thomas Steinbeck and granddaughter Blake Smyle for the rights to Steinbeck's novella...
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Case Information

Case Title

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. Steinbeck et al

Case Number



New York Southern

Nature of Suit



George B. Daniels

Date Filed

March 29, 2006

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