An effort to get legal commentary on the cheap has backfired on West Publishing Corp., The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Two law professors had split $10,000 for providing an annual update on Pennsylvania criminal procedure for the legal publisher.
But when the West suggested reducing that to $2,500 each, they decided to stop work on the addendum.
West published an update bearing the professors’ names on the title page anyway.
The professors sued, alleging that publication of an inferior product damaged their reputations.
A federal jury agreed and awarded each of the professors $2.5 million.
West vowed to pursue “every available avenue” to have the awards set aside.
By Alan Cooper