A lawyer for Google told a Manhattan judge Thursday that authors cannot be represented as a group because their interests are too varied.
A lawyer for the authors group told Judge Denny Chin that it would be too expensive and a burden on the courts to force authors to fight Google individually. The guild is seeking class certification. The judge did not immediately rule.
The arguments occurred in a 6-year-old lawsuit brought by the authors’ group and publishers against Google.
The judge earlier tossed out a settlement in the case, suggesting Google might want to allow book owners to opt into the library rather than be required to quit it.