Judge Denise Cote has ordered the lawsuit filed by two authors (originally three) in April 2013 ‘discontinued without prejudice’ when she was informed earlier this month that both parties had reached a settlement. This follows on from Judge Cote’s decision in July to deny class action status to the plaintiffs because certification requirements had not been met and that there was insufficient evidence to prove Author Solutions had carried out widespread deception as part of its business practices.
TIPM reported in detail last month on the reasons why Judge Cote has reached her decision to deny class action status. This case was originally filed in the Southern District Court of New York. However, law firm Giskan, Solotaroff, Anderson, & Stewart filed a second suit on behalf of other authors earlier this year in the state of Indiana. This case is still on-going.
Giskan, Solotaroff, Anderson, & Stewart had been providing some updates on its website but as yet has made no public statement regarding Judge Cote’s decision.
There was an inevitability about a potential settlement following class action denial. TIPM will of course continue to follow the second case in the coming months.