Thursday, June 12, 2008

Settlement Parties to Petition Supreme Court

I have half-a-development to report: On June 4 the settlement parties (defendants plus plaintiffs) jointly applied to the U.S. Supreme Court for a 30-day extension of their deadline to ask the Court to hear an appeal of last November's ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Second Circuit threw out the settlement on the grounds that the federal courts do not have jurisdiction over settlements including unregistered copyrights. The parties and we objectors disagree on the merits of the settlement, but agree that the Second Circuit's decision was wrong.

If the Supreme Court grants the extension (I'm told it routinely does), then the parties will have until August 13 to file the papers seeking certiorari.