A few years after finishing my PhD, I was notified by my former supervisor that they had submitted without my knowledge a section of my PhD dissertation to a journal, listing me as first author and adding other team members as co-authors. They had litterally copied the section verbatim, without adjusting it to reduce the verbosity and to follow the outline a journal article usually has, even keeping in references to other paragraphs in the dissertation that didn't make sense anymore out of context. The paper was accepted shortly after.
Is it an acceptable practice to do so?
What could I have done to prevent the publication of this article at the time?
-- For context, I hadn't been in touch with my former lab in between the end of my PhD and this event, and the field is systems biology.