Kasowitz Files Amicus Brief Opposing Proposed Google Book Settlement
Early this month, Kasowitz filed an amicus curiae brief in Manhattan federal court opposing court approval of the proposed class settlement of Authors Guild et al v. Google Inc., a putative class action charging Google with copyright infringement for scanning books and displaying them online. The firm filed the brief on behalf of Consumer Watchdog, a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing the interests of consumers. In the brief, Consumer Watchdog argues that the proposed settlement -- which would afford Google vast rights to copyrighted works -- should be rejected because it would be anticompetitive, violate both U.S. and international copyright law and be otherwise not in the public interest. Kasowitz partner Daniel Fetterman and associate Charlotte Pontillo prepared and filed the brief on behalf of Consumer Watchdog.