Judge adopts trial schedule at Google status conference, but settlement talks continue
September 15, 2011
September 15, 2011 The Google Books case is headed to litigation. At a status conference Thursday, Judge Denny Chin adopted a proposed trial schedule that, if followed, would have the case ready for trial by July 2012. But the conference also offered a ray of hope, as attorneys said that settlement talks were progressing. AAP attorney Bruce Keller told Chin that the publishers had agreed to the proposed trial schedule, but that substantial progress had been made between publishers and Google, and that he hoped the trial schedule would become "moot." Google attorney Daralynn Durie echoed that expectation later in the hearing, also telling Chin that progress was being made and noting that the business principals "not the lawyers" were in discussion.
“Today, we informed the court that the Association of American Publishers, the five publisher plaintiffs and Google have made good progress toward a settlement that would resolve the pending litigation regarding the Google Library Project," read an AAP statement issued after the hearing, at which AAP president Tom Allen was present. "We are working to resolve the differences that remain between the parties and reach terms that are mutually agreeable."