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THE lawsuit brought by the US Writers Guild against Google for unauthorised distribution of up to 15 million books has been delayed again. In May Judge Denny Chin rejected a motion from Google calling for the case to be thrown out (a standard feature of US lawyers' warm-up and throat-clearing) and, in the alternative, for it to be "stayed"
Google is also appealing Chin's ruling that the case can proceed as a "class action" on behalf of all affected authors, not just the named plaintiffs.
Now on 17 September Google and the Guild have agreed a delay - not least because of illness on the Guild's legal team. Chin estimated the case would be delayed at least a year.