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In bizarre press release, Edwin Mellen Press drops one court case under public pressure

March 5, 2013

By Kate Lara

As a follow-up to last week’s post on the legal actions being taken by Edwin Mellen Press, EMP has released a statement dated March 1st declaring that they have dropped the case against Askey and McMaster University. It should be noted, though, that two lawsuits were actually filed: one case naming both Askey and McMaster University, and one case naming only Askey. It is the first case that has been discontinued while the latter appears intact.

Scholarly Kitchen’s Rick Anderson has posted an interesting critique of the Press’ statement that is worth a read (and a chuckle). Anderson states, “I can now say that EMP’s announcement is one of the strangest press releases I’ve ever read.”

See the Original blog post by Dale Askey that incited the wrath of EMP in the first place, and the subsequent reaction of the scholarly community as expressed by the Association of Canadian University Presses.

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