A federal appeals court has given Google the right to appeal a judge’s decision to grant class status to authors who are suing the company over its book-scanning operation. Judge Denny Chin in May granted a motion to accord members of the Authors Guild status as a class in the seven-year-old lawsuit. But in a brief order issued on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the search giant could challenge that ruling, according to Reuters. Judge Chin recused himself from consideration of Google’s appeal of the motion. It is not clear when the court will hear Google’s challenge.