Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Don't like your review? It's time to sue!

I'm gobsmacked.

An Israeli lecturer named Karin N. Calvo-Goller is suing a German law professor named Thomas Weigend for his temerity to pen a less than glowing review of her book, The Trial Proceedings of the International Criminal Court. Calvo-Goller is also suing the book U.S. review editor for not taking down the offending evaluation.

Writing in the New York Times Adam Liptak crystalizes the craziness: "France is an odd place to adjudicate a claim concerning a review written in English by a German professor of a book written in English by an author living in Israel. The book was, moreover, published by a Dutch firm. The review was published on a Web site in New York. True, Ms. Calvo-Goller is a French citizen. But still."

The French court that accepted the case will announce its verdict on March 3.

Read the NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/us/22bar.html

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