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Amazon Sues Over "Inauthentic" Reviews

Online retailers have been consistently plagued by those who post product reviews for a fee, and some, like Amazon, are clear in declaring that this practice violates their terms of service. Now Amazon is going a step further, filing its first-ever complaint in Washington state court earlier this week. The defendants are Jay…

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More On The Recent Spate of Author Solutions Lawsuits

We were curious as to why the law firm of Giskin Soloratoff Anderson & Stewart filed two separate lawsuits in Indiana against Author Solutions last November and earlier this month when they had a similar class action suit pending in New York. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Oren Giskan told…

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Legal: Another Lawsuit Against Author Solutions; NACS Seeks Details on Purdue's Amazon Deal

Weeks after officially seeking class certification in a lawsuit against Author Solutions in New York Federal Court, the firm of Giskin Soloratoff Anderson & Stewart filed a similar suit last week in a Federal Court in Indiana -- where ASI's main offices are located -- on behalf of two new…

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In Second Appeal of Court Monitor, Judge Jacobs Is Sympathetic to Apple Again

In the December hearing on Apple's appeal of the ebook pricing verdict, Judge Dennis Jacobs was the one leaning quotably in Apple's direction (he is the judge who suggested that any collusion among publishers trying "to break the hold of a monopolist" in the ebook market was "like all the mice getting together…

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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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