September 24, 2009.  We just received word that Judge Denny Chin granted the motion of authors and publishers to adjourn the fairness hearing scheduled for October 7th.  While noting that the current settlement raises “significant issues,” Judge Chin says that “the proposed settlement would offer many benefits to society, as recognized by supporters of the settlement as well as DOJ. … It would appear that if a fair and reasonable settlement can be struck, the public would benefit.”

Judge Chin ordered the parties to the settlement to appear on October 7th for a status conference “to determine how to proceed with the case as expeditiously as possible.”

We’ll continue to work on amending the settlement to address the Justice Department’s concerns.