PHILADELPHIA — Two law school professors have won more than $2 million in damages after a legal publisher released a book addendum bearing their names even though they didn’t work on it.
A federal jury last week found West Publishing Corp. defamed the professors when it published the 2008 addendum to their book on Pennsylvania criminal court procedures.
The professors claimed West damaged their reputations by putting their names on an inferior product they didn’t create.
University of Pennsylvania professor David Rudovsky and Widener Law School professor Leonard Sosnov were awarded $2.5 million in punitive damages. They say they stopped work on the addendum because West wanted cut their pay for the addendum to $2,500 each.
The publisher tells The Philadelphia Inquirer it plans to appeal.