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Publisher Blocks West German Mailing Of Journal

NEW YORK -- Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, pressing its battle against comparative price surveys, has won a temporary injunction against the American Mathematical Society blocking distribution in West Germany of the November 1989 Notices of the AMS, which carried one such survey. William Strong, attorney for AMS, says he is now consulting with the society's German counsel on how to respond to the injunction. Similar comparative price surveys have prompted the publisher to sue the Ameri

Larry Katzenstein

NEW YORK -- Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, pressing its battle against comparative price surveys, has won a temporary injunction against the American Mathematical Society blocking distribution in West Germany of the November 1989 Notices of the AMS, which carried one such survey.

William Strong, attorney for AMS, says he is now consulting with the society's German counsel on how to respond to the injunction.

Similar comparative price surveys have prompted the publisher to sue the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society, and retired University of Wisconsin physics professor Henry Barschall. Those three suits are pending in West Germany, France, and Switzerland (The Scientist, Sept. 4, 1989, page 4; and Feb. 5, 1990, page 5).

Barschall conducted the price surveys that appeared in July 1988 in AIP's Physics Today and the APS Bulletin. The surveys placed several G&B journals at the high end of the...

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