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Writers Seeks Class Action Status In Author Solutions Suit

After a near two-year odyssey of complaints, documents, motions to dismiss, and plaintiff changes, the lawsuit seeking class action status against Author Solutions alleging multiple breaches completed discovery on January 22 and is moving to the next stage. A February 26 filing in New York's Southern District Court by Kelvin James, Jodi Foster, and…

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Internship Lawsuits Come to Book Publishing, Against Simon & Schuster

The spate of lawsuits against entertainment and media companies alleging unfair labor practices with respect to interns paid less than minimum wage has arrived in book publishing: The same law firms that recently filed suit against CBS (among others) brought a new suit against the company's publishing division Simon &…

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Former Writers Coffee Shop Partner Wins Lawsuit Seeking Share of Fifty Shades Windfall

A Texas state court jury has ruled in a 10-2 decision that Jennifer Lynn Pedroza, former chief marketing officer of Australian publisher The Writers Coffee Shop, is entitled to a share of the proceeds of the publisher's most prominent titles, EL James' FIFTY SHADES trilogy, which TWCS originally published before…

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Apple Set to Challenge Special Monitor's Role to Appeals Court Next Month

While we're waiting for the Second Circuit of Appeals' ruling on Apple's appeal of the verdict finding them guilty of antitrust violations in launching their ebookstore -- not expected for months -- a related appeal will go before the court next month. Apple is continuing to challenge the appointment of special…

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Gerritsen Plans Amended Complaint to Continue "Gravity" Contract Breach Suit Against Warner

Last Friday Los Angeles District Court Judge Margaret Morrow granted Warner Bros.' motion to dismiss Tess Gerritsen's breach of contract lawsuit, filed at the end of April. Gerritsen's original complaint alleged she should receive credit and net profit participation on the movie "Gravity," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, which she said was…

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Authors Guild Drops Further Action in HathiTrust Lawsuit

The Authors Guild's long-running copyright infringement lawsuit against the has finally reached the end with the announcement that the Guild will no longer pursue any legal action. The news comes after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed portions of a lower court ruling, finding that the HathiTrust digital library's full-text…

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After Winning Judgment From Kyle Estate, Ventura Sues HarperCollins

Six months after winning a $1.8 million award from the Chris Kyle estate in his defamation lawsuit, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has filed suit against HarperCollins -- publisher of AMERICAN SNIPER -- in Minnesota Federal Court, seeking damages "in excess of $75,000" for defamation. As in the earlier suit…

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All Sides Grilled During Oral Arguments for Apple's Appeal

An extended oral arguments hearing Monday morning at the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals did not immediately make clear how the three-judge panel would rule on Apple's appeal of 2013's ebook antitrust trial, but it did show the court would not spare any side thorough questioning -- often to entertaining…

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First Report: Government Goes Long In Apple Appeals Court Argument

The scheduled one-hour Appeals Court hearing on Apple's appeal of Judge Denise Cote's ruling finding the company guilty of antitrust violations went long on Monday morning, in part because Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart arguing for the government was allowed to go 16 minutes beyond his allotted 20-minute slot. (Sarah Weinman…

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Court Hears Appeal of "Fair Use" Ruling on Google's Book Scanning

The Authors Guild had might be their final day in court in opposition to Google's scanning of books in academic libraries on Wednesday, in a hearing before a three-judge panel of Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Guild is appealing Judge Denny Chin's ruling from November 2013 finding Google's scanning…

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