An $18 million settlement of a copyright infringement suit between Internet publishers and freelance writers is back on track because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.

In Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, the justices, in an 8-0 decision, held that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong when it ruled in 2008 that the district court lacked jurisdiction to certify the class or the settlement in the litigation. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a former 2nd Circuit judge, did not participate in the high court case.

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