Publishers Settle unauthorized textbook selling lawsuit against two individuals

Defendants Imported, Sold Unauthorized Copies of Non-U.S. Versions of Textbooks, Manuals

NEW YORK - Three leading college textbook publishers, Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, and Thomson Learning, today announced they have  settled pending litigation against two defendants engaged in the unauthorized importation, promotion and sale of non-U.S. versions of educational textbooks and the unauthorized reproduction of textbook solutions manuals. 

The publishers' complaints, filed in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, alleged that individuals using the names "Dalbooks," "Chitownbooks," "Chitownbooksdot.com," "Chitownbooks_com," and "Easybooks_il" were responsible for the unauthorized importation, promotion and sale of non-U.S. versions of educational textbooks not authorized by the publishers for sale and/or distribution within the United States, and the unauthorized reproduction and sale of electronic copies of publishers' instructor's manuals. 

"This is yet another important settlement for textbook publishers.  We hope that these lawsuits and subsequent settlements send a strong message that publishers will not tolerate the importation of international textbooks not authorized for sale within the United States, the unlawful reproduction and sale of their intellectual property, or the distribution of materials that may impair the pedagogical efficacy of their textbooks," said Georges Nahitchevansky, counsel representing all of the publishers.  

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (www.pearsoned.com) is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Addison Wesley, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, Pearson Benjamin Cummings and Pearson Longman. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. 

About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., provides must-have content and services to customers worldwide.  Its core businesses include scientific, technical, and medical journals; encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners.  Wiley has publishing, marketing, and distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.  Wiley's internet site can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

About Thomson Learning

Thomson Learning is a part of The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson Learning's businesses and brands serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, corporations and government agencies with products and services for both traditional and distributed learning.

Contacts

Susan Spilka, John Wiley & Sons, (201) 748-6147

Adam Gaber, Thomson Learning, (203) 539-8663

David Hakensen, Pearson Education, (952) 681-3040