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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Law Professors Seek Injunction Over 'Sham' West Treatise Supplement

Shannon Duffy (The Legal Intelligencer, 4/16/2009)
reports on a claim by two law professors that West
Publishing falsely identified them as authors of a
2008 supplement to their Pennsylvania criminal law

According to the article, David Rudovsky of the University
of Pennsylvania and Leonard Sosnow of Widener Law School
"claimed that the December 2008 their
book, Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure -- Law, Commentary
and Forms, was so poorly researched that it will harm their
reputations if allowed to remain on library shelves."

A lawyer for West, reports Duffy, "insisted that although West
was not proud of the first version of the supplement, it has
recently mailed out a new version that cures [the] defects
and includes a revised cover page that clearly explains
that Rudovsky and Sosnov ended their work on the updates
in 2007."

Senior U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam is expected to
rule soon the law professor's request for a preliminary