Even after hearing of shortages, I was able download one on jw.org. Will your friends settle for an online copy? I don't know how many places have a "Half Price Book Store", but whenever I'd wander into their religion section, I usually saw a few JW bibles - some in mint condition. I once saw and bought a used green bible in excellent condition.
I heard about the lawsuit speculation, but don't recall why or what about it may cause printing to stop (copyright infringement, self-modified bible being used to promote beliefs that are legally questionable?, IDK). If there were a lawsuit that prevented them from printing new ones, I would think it would also apply to online distribution, yet it's out there. So I'm thinking no on the lawsuit.
That gives me an idea. If they're in demand, maybe I can get some at the used book store and get some $$ on ebay for them. Would JWs buy a used bible? I know that they are wary of used items that demons could be hiding in, but surely a demon couldn't hide in a JW bible, what with the name Jehovah splattered all about in it.
Nope, less than $2 for one on ebay. Unless it's leather-bound or large print. But those are buy-it-now - no telling whether somebody will.