David Rudovsky and Leonard Sosnov v.

West Publishing Corp.
(E.D. Pa. 2011)

BLF attorneys Richard L. Bazelon and Michael F. R. Harris won a significant victory for their clients in this defamation case.

Law professors David Rudovsky (University of Pennsylvania Law School) and Leonard Sosnov (Widener Law School) sued West Publishing for falsely representing that the professors were authors of substandard publications which they had not prepared. A federal jury awarded to each of the professors $90,000 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages, for a total damage award of $5.18 million.

The District Court denied West’s post-trial motions as to liability and compensatory damages, but reduced punitive damages to $110,000 for each professor.

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