Notre Dame Professor of Law Jay Tidmarsh, an expert in complex civil litigation and civil procedure, weighed in on a case involving Google’s exclusive right to digitize millions of books. His comments appeared in the September 9, 2009 edition of the “New York Times.”
A proposed settlement between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers is meeting with major opposition “from rival companies…advocacy organizations, groups representing authors and publishers, and even some foreign governments,” according to the “Times.”
Tidmarsh said, “The number and quality of opposition filings is very unusual. The court is going to have to look at the public interest in the settlement.”
Tidmarsh is the author or co-author of six books, including casebooks in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, as well as numerous law-review articles in the fields of civil procedure, complex litigation, federal courts, and torts. He teaches principally in the areas of civil procedure, complex civil litigation, federal courts, torts, civil rights, constitutional law, and remedies. He has served as Chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure, and as a member of the AALS Committee on Professional Development.