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Briefs: Canongate To Publish Rhodes Memoir After Winning Legal Battle; Regional Bookseller Paperbacks From Unbridled Books

Canongate will publish British classical pianist James Rhodes' memoir Instrumental on May 28 as an ebook and the following week in hardcover after the UK Supreme Court overturned an injunction that banned publication. The injunction resulted from a lawsuit by Rhodes' former wife, who claimed publication of the memoir, which…

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Legal Briefs: Testing Self-Publishing Liability, and More

A couple whose picture was used without permission on the cover of the self-published novel A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan has filed a suit that may further illuminate the extent to which the Communications Decency Act of 1996 shields ebooksellers that run their own self-publishing platforms. The plaintiffs…

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Writers Coffee Shop Owner Ordered To Set Aside $10M in Escrow In Fifty Shades Lawsuit

Two months after a Texas state court jury ruled that Jennifer Lynn Pedroza, former chief marketing officer of Australian publisher The Writers Coffee Shop, is entitled to a share of the proceeds from EL James' FIFTY SHADES trilogy, state district judge Susan McCoy, ordered the defendant, TWCS founder Amanda Hayward,…

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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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