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Google Lawsuit Update: Judge Urges Swift Action, Sets Sept. 15 for Conference

July 20, 2011. At a brief status conference yesterday morning before Judge Denny Chin, the parties to our copyright infringement lawsuit against Google requested additional time to explore a revised settlement. Judge Chin set the next status conference for September 15, but urged the parties to move quickly with their discussions, saying that he was inclined to put the litigation on a tight discovery deadline if a settlement isn’t reached by then.

On March 22nd, Judge Chin rejected a proposed settlement of the litigation, saying that “many of the concerns raised in the objections would be ameliorated if the ASA [the Amended Settlement Agreement] were converted from an ‘opt-out’ settlement to an ‘opt-in’ settlement. I urge the parties to consider revising the ASA accordingly.” (Judge Chin’s March 22nd opinion is available here.)

Since that ruling, the parties have been in discussions about an opt-in settlement to the dispute.

Yesterday’s status conference was the second since Judge Chin rejected the proposed settlement. Our report of the June 1 conference is available here.