Dec 22
2010
8:47 AM

Law Professors Rewarded for Not Publishing

The Pennsylvania Eastern District Court has awarded Professors David Rudovsky of the University of Pennsylvania law school and Leonard Sosnov of Widener School of Law in Delaware $90,000 in compensatory damages and $2,500,000 in punitive damages from West Publishing Company. The professors are the authors of Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure: Law, Commentary and Forms, first published in 1991, with a second edition published in 2001. The professors provided annual updates until 2008, when they rejected West's compensation offer and ceased producing updates. West issued an update anyway, still bearing their names. The professors sued, contending that their reputations were damaged by the issuance of an update with only three new cases in it. West plans to appeal. RL

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