I read every word of Judge Koh's book-length opinion, which portrays Qualcomm as a ruthless monopolist.

via: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/how-qualcomm-shook-down-the-cell-phone-industry-for-almost-20-years/

I'd like to know what is the meaning of book-length?


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    book-length has only one meaning.
    – Lambie
    Jun 2, 2019 at 15:20

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In this context, the journalist is describing the length of the judicial opinion written by Judge Lucy Koh.

Just to be clear, according to Wikipedia:

A judicial opinion is a form of legal opinion written by a judge or a judicial panel in the course of resolving a legal dispute, providing the decision reached to resolve the dispute, and usually indicating the facts which led to the dispute and an analysis of the law used to arrive at the decision.

The Judicial Opinion written by Judge Koh was 233 pages long. The journalist is comparing it to a book, which is usually around 200 pages or longer.

Summary: "Book-length" is being used here to compare the length of Judge Koh's Judicial Opinion to that of a standard book.

  • Does that mean the content is so much? Jun 4, 2019 at 0:22
  • In short, yes. It means it was very long.
    – Shino
    Jun 4, 2019 at 2:35

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