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Google faces hard road after Chin certifies Authors Guild class action

Karen Bolipata, New York

Since Judge Denny Chin has now certified the Authors Guild’s class action suit against Google, there’s a much greater chance more authors will participate in the litigation, said one lawyer

Last week, Judge Denny Chin granted the request of the three representative plaintiffs in the Authors Guild case for class certification and denied Google’s motion to dismiss the Authors Guild’s claims for lack of standing.

Without the class certification, "each author would have had to commence his or her own suit, and many times the suit is never filed after evaluating the risks and benefits", Stephen Zralek of Bone McAllester Norton told Managing IP.

"A class, however, allows authors with smaller claims to reap the benefits of joining forces with those authors with bigger claims, more at stake, and funds to fight Google," he added.

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