A federal judge has refused to dismiss a defamation suit by two law professors who claim West Publishing harmed their reputations when it identified them as authors of a poorly researched treatise update. West's lawyers argued the case should be dismissed on the grounds that venue in Pennsylvania is improper since contracts limited venue to Minnesota courts. But Judge John P. Fullam concluded the contract's forum-selection clause was "not an obstacle" because the professors are not alleging breach of contract.
Law Professors Clear Hurdle in Suit Against West Publishing
The Legal Intelligencer
June 10, 2009