Whispers and Warnings

Whispers And Warnings For May 1st

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9285 A former mayor's sharp tongue will cost Yonkers taxpayers thousands. "The city has agreed to pay Manhattan strip club owner and newspaper publisher Sam Zherka $100,000 as part of a legal settlement for slanderous remarks allegedly made by former Mayor Philip Amicone while he was in office." DOJ Asks Judge to End Suit Over Afghan War Memoir "The Justice Department has renewed its effort to shut down a lawsuit in Washington over the scope of information a former U.S. defense intelligence officer can publish in a memoir about service in the war in Afghanistan." Maui Time publisher sues, alleges assault "The publisher of an alternative weekly newspaper is suing Maui County, alleging he was harassed, assaulted and falsely arrested while filming Duane "Dog" Chapman for a story in 2011." Judge Appears Poised to Toss Booksellers' Suit "Federal Judge Jed Rakoff yesterday appeared poised to dismiss a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six publishers over Amazon's use of proprietary DRM in the Kindle e-reading platform." Magazine Subscribers Ask Court To Revive 'Shine The Light' Lawsuits "Three magazine subscribers are asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their lawsuits accusing the publishers of violating a California law dealing with the sale of customer lists." Brian Burke files defamation suit over online comments "Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has filed a defamation lawsuit against 18 unnamed individuals who he says posted untrue comments online accusing him of having an affair with a female sports reporter." A changing truth: Do online news stories about arrests constitute libel after expungement? "A class-action lawsuit scheduled for argument next month in Connecticut claims that the news media defamed arrestees in online news stories about criminal records that were later expunged." Links to stories above are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9285

Whispers And Warnings For April 24th

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9284 Two authors are upset with Noble Romance Publishing They have posted their experiences to their blogs. The Toronto Star and two of its reporters - Sued by Marineland for $7M Regarding coverage concerning animal conditions at the Niagara Falls theme park. Tampa Bay Times - sued by a physician for (alleged) libel She claims they produced "stories that 'created news instead of reporting the news' and of using her photo without authorization." Typist facing possible …

Whispers And Warnings For April 17th

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9283 Booksellers Urge Court Not to Toss Amazon E-book Lawsuit "Plaintiff booksellers this week filed an opposition motion urging the court not to dismiss their lawsuit against Amazon and the big six publishers, arguing that there is indeed enough evidence of restraint of trade to keep the case moving forward." STUPID! Fritz + Fraenzi, a German parenting magazine (Allegedly) features children and teens lighting hair on fire and giving Nazi salute. Also, half-naked girls sending explicit photos on their phone. In the U.K. - Key libel reform thwarted as Conservatives block defamation bill "The Conservatives have succeeded in their attempt to water down defamation laws which would have prevented large companies ranging from McDonald's to Tesco from suing their critics unless they could prove financial losses." Twitter Libel Case Man claims another falsely linked him to an allegation of child sexual assault on Twitter. Links to stories above are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9283

Whispers And Warnings For April 10th

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9282 Lulu published a book by a convicted killer who went to court to keep his royalties "Convicted Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph is fighting efforts by federal prosecutors in Alabama to seize the small profits from an autobiography he recently published from prison." TheLostOgle.com - Files suit against Gov. Mary Fallin alleging violations of the Open Records Act "The filing comes after TheLostOgle.com joined other media in filing a records request seeking emails and other documents that Fallin's office used in deciding not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. " New Filings Hint Royalties Driving HarperCollin's Suit Against Open Road "HarperCollins would not meet Open Road's 50% royalty offer..." Augsburg Fortress Publishers agrees to pay $4.5M for pension plan failure "The settlement would pay about a quarter of the pension plan's benefits for almost 500 employees and retirees of the Minneapolis-based publishing arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America." Frederick News-Post files suit against the FCC "Newspaper seeks former college president's settlement information." Photog's Copyright Suit Against Pearson Survives "A lawsuit accusing Pearson Education Inc. of putting a photographer's work in its textbooks without permission can go forward, a federal judge ruled Friday..." Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9282

Whispers And Warnings For April 3rd

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9281 N'Digo magazine publisher Hermene Hartman Admits owing ex-employee money, but denies other allegations. Amazon and the Big Six publishers try to get lawsuit filed by indie bookstores dismissed Time will tell, of course, but Amazon tried to get our case against them dismissed, too...and it didn't work. When the judge refused, they offered to settle, eventually paying our attorneys $300K. Read about our case here: http://antitrust.booklocker.com/ - Angela Hoy, BookLocker.com & WritersWeekly.com Battle Lines Drawn in HarperCollins, Open Road E-Book Suit The two sides are fighting over the ebook rights to a best selling children's book. My bet is on Open Road on this one. Criminal Law Reporter / The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA) - Judge Rules Convicted Murderer Can Proceed with Libel Suit They published a piece that "stated he 'showed no hint of contrition' and that he made statements to the press that the killings were justified by religious and philosophical beliefs." Problem is...those were words from the prosecutor; not from the defendant or the judge's ruling. Author cleared of defamation charges "A federal judge ruled that Michael Lewis is not guilty of defaming money manager Wing Chau in his best-selling 2010 book The Big Short, which examined the origins of the financial crisis." Links to stories above are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9281

Whispers And Warnings For March 27th

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9280 Hey, Amazon, Where's My Money? "My novel shot to the top of the site's bestseller list last summer. You won't believe how little I got paid." Green Mountain Power agrees to pay publisher's legal fees in trespass charge; lawsuit dismissed "Green Mountain Power will reimburse Barton Chronicle Publisher Chris Braithwaite for his legal expenses in defending himself against criminal trespass charges for the past year." Publisher wins copyright lawsuit "Publisher First News has announced it was compensated for VND700 million by American International School of Foreign Language Training in Hanoi for reprinting English language books that First News has been given exclusive rights to copy in Vietnam by a foreign publisher." Penguin publishing group sues Oregon nonprofit for posting whole books online "Publishing giant Penguin Group (USA) Inc. has sued the online library American Buddha, accusing the Oregon nonprofit company of posting to the Web the entire contents of books for which it holds exclusive rights." Author-Unfriendly Terms at Autharium "Over the past few weeks I've gotten a number of questions and alerts about author-unfriendly Terms and Conditions at Autharium, a new epublishing startup..." Links to stories above are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9280

Whispers And Warnings For March 20th

Links to stories below are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9277 Apple CEO Ordered To Testify In E-Book Price Fixing Case "Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to testify in the Justice Department's antitrust case over alleged price fixing." Three publishers sue a university for (allegedly) photocopying textbooks for students "Three of the world's biggest publishers have taken legal action to halt textbook copying in India, a practice that is seen by many as crucial for the spread of education in the nation of more than one billion people..." Supreme Court Upholds Reselling of Foreign Books "If you're the legal owner of a copy of a book or other work copyrighted under U.S. law, the Supreme Court says you have the right to resell or give it away, even if it was made overseas." Tulsa police officer sues publication, ex-girlfriend, alleging libel, invasion of privacy "A Tulsa police officer has filed a lawsuit against a local publication claiming libel and invasion of privacy on allegations that it possessed a personal laptop computer containing compromising photographs of him..." Warner Bros Fires Back At "Hobbit" Creator's Estate & Publisher In $80M Case "Warner Bros says a multimillion-dollar merchandising lawsuit from the estate of Lord of The Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien and publisher HarperCollins has hurt it financially..." Links to stories above are here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9277

Whispers And Warnings For March 13th

The Research Masters - Writer claims they owe money. Caraccessories.com - Writer claims they've owed money since last year. Read about it here and here. Links to stories below are here. Book publisher to drop lawsuit against McMaster librarian "A U.S.-based publishing company says it is dropping at least one of its lawsuits against a McMaster librarian after scholars across North America came to his defense..." Free-Textbook Company (Allegedly) Rewrites Its Content Following Publishers' Lawsuit A free-textbook company that was sued last year by three major textbook publishers has now (allegedly) rewritten the content it was accused of stealing. A proposed Texas law would promote correcting incorrect news, online and off If passed, the bill would require a plaintiff give publishers the opportunity to correct, clarify, or withdraw false information in order to receive punitive damages in a defamation lawsuit - and it would apply to online media. Links to stories above are here. …

Whispers And Warnings For March 6th

NY Law Firm Now Investigating Author Solutions (AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, Inkubook, Wordclay, et. al.). Will a Class Action Lawsuit Follow? If you have a complaint about one of the AuthorSolutions firms, you can submit it to that law firm here. Authors are questioning royalties reported by Amazon and Createspace. Why Ann Douglas is no longer a columnist for the Toronto Star. SHAME SHAME SHAME ON The Missouri School of Journalism! …

Whispers And Warnings For February 27th

Amazon, Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan - Indie bookstores have filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Amazon and the Big 6 publishers. Librarians and Lawyers - "With the proliferation of scholarly journals - particularly open-access Internet journals that charge author fees - some librarians consider themselves on the front lines of the fight to preserve quality publishing." Meltwater, a firm that monitors media for companies - sued by the Associated Press for (allegedly) copying/reselling AP content. …

Whispers And Warnings For January 9th

Winona Post - Settles lawsuit filed by former Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Chair Stacey Mounce Arnold while claiming "the judge assigned to our case did not understand the rights of the press under the First Amendment." Amazon.com - Must pay $455K fine for (allegedly) "labeling and advertising textile products made of bamboo fibers that were actually rayon." …

Whispers And Warnings For December 12th

Not "new" news but in the spirit of the season... - Disney Wins Dismissal of 'Santa Paws' Copyright Lawsuit French president Franaois Hollande - Accused "of improper interference in a legal case" after he wrote to a Paris court backing a defamation suit (his girlfriend) brought against publishers and authors of a biography about her. Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly - Sued by two French Muslim groups for $1M for publishing Mohammad cartoons. …

Whispers And Warnings For November 28th

Dex (a yellow pages publisher) - Settles lawsuit by restaurant owner who alleged their salesman listed the restaurant under the "Animal Carcass Removal" section after they refused to buy an ad. Warner Bros - Sued for $80M by J.R.R Tolkien estate and publisher Google - Guilty of libel in Australia "all because it didn't remove a link to an incorrect web site." They plan to appeal. …

Whispers And Warnings For October 3rd

Penn State - Sued for (alleged) defamation by the Jerry Sandusky whistleblower. Apple - Must pay encyclopedia publisher $82K for app store piracy. Stephen Raymond, former publisher - Sued by The Effingham Daily News and its parent company, alleging he "conspired against the newspaper while in its employ by secretly arranging to start a competing publication." Slate and former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer - A libel lawsuit filed against them has been dismissed. …

Whispers And Warnings For September 12th

Penguin - Spokeswoman sues publisher, alleges discrimination. Georgia State University - Publishers to appeal copyright decision. Amazon - "Back to discounting e-books from HarperCollins following publisher's accord with DOJ settling collusion allegations." Jazan Wild, a comics creator - Has begun sending cease-and-desist notices to reviewers. Murdoch Books - Sued by celebrity chef for alleged "copyright infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct." …

Whispers And Warnings For August 22nd

Apple - Opposes settlement by three other publishers accused of ebook price fixing, saying the judgement will terminate and rewrite Apple's contracts "before a single document has been introduced into evidence, before any witness has testified, and before the court has resolved the disputed facts." The Michigan Daily - Libel lawsuit by a Canadian hockey team has been dropped. Chilean Journalist - denied passport over 61-year-old libel conviction …

Whispers And Warnings For August 15th

Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers - In copyright infringement lawsuit against Georgia State University, judge denies publishers' request for relief; tells publishers to pay defendant's attorney's fees. Ampersand Publishing - Owes Jerry Roberts an additional $81,560.05. Attorney's fees are now almost $1.1 million. National Jewish Democratic Council - Sued for $60M by Sheldon G. Adelson, a billionaire casino owner, for alleged libel, for an article published on the group's website. The New Yorker - Judge rules libel suit filed by Peter Paul Biro can go forward. Bloggers Roman Brice and Nancy Pincus and 10 unnamed internet commenters - Sued for $2M for (alleged) defamation. …

Whispers And Warnings For August 1st

Chattanooga Publishing Company - Sued by former employee who alleges her boss fired her after she told him she needed surgery to treat cancer. The Apple + Big 5 Publishers Government Lawsuit - Barnes & Noble, independent booksellers unite on antitrust court case, cite harm to consumers British tabloid The Sun - Sued by Pakistan (yes, the country) for (alleged) libel. Beaverton Grace Bible Church - Loses libel suit against blogger. The judge also ordered the church to pay the plaintiff's costs and attorney fees. …

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