23.09.09 Philip Jones in The Bookseller
If granted it will be the second time the Fairness Hearing has been delayed since the deal was agreed a year ago. The Open Book Alliance, which opposes the deal and includes Amazon and Microsoft, said the move meant the "settlement, as we know it, is dead".
Judge Denny Chin, who will preside over the agreement has yet to pronounce on the request. Those opposing the deal wasted no time. The Open Book Alliance added: "This is a huge victory for the many people and organizations who raised significant concerns that this settlement did not serve the public interest, stifled innovation, and restricted competition. It’s also an enormous loss for Google, which had been saying for months that no changes were necessary to the settlement."