From today’s Publisher’s Marketplace, a long list of lawsuits involving the publishing business. Indeed, the first sentence of this report contains this phrase, “…the course of publishing continues to turn on litigation as much as innovation.” That sort of makes me gasp.
As we’ve continually reported over the past few years, the course of publishing continues to turn on litigation as much as innovation. In the most anticipated ruling of the year so far, the Court of Appeals recently upheld the antitrust verdict against Apple in a heatedly divided ruling that portends further appeal. The payout a settlement of up to $400 million to consumers (and another $50 million in legal fees) now hinges on whether Apple continues to pursue the case.
Other ongoing cases of note include the FCS bankruptcy proceedings, and the suits against Author Solutions, along with the recently-opened antitrust investigation into Amazon’s ebook sales contracts in the European Union.
To keep track, here is a roundup of notable disputes, ongoing and resolved in 2015 so far:
Apple vs. the DOJ, States, and Consumer Class
- Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Apple, With Notable Dissent (June 30)
- Earlier Sympathy from Notable Dissenter, Judge Dennis Jacobs (March 10)
Authors vs. Author Solutions
- Judge Cote Denies Class Certification in One Author Lawsuit (July 6)
- More On the Spate of Author Solutions Lawsuits in Indiana (April 1)
- Original Class-Seeking Status Filing (February 27)
Family Christian Bankruptcy
- Court to Decide If Revised Family Christian Buyout Goes to Creditor Vote (July 10)
- Judge Denies Results of Family Christian Bankruptcy Auction (June 19)
- European Commission Investigates Amazon’s eBook MFNs in UK, Germany (June 11)
- Internship Lawsuits Come to Book Publishing, With Suit Against S&S (February 25)
[Likely on hold now as Appeals Court Vacates Trend-Setting Ruling In Fox Interns Case, July 2)
- Amazon Sues Over “Inauthentic” Reviews (April 10)
- After Judge William Pauley certified the author class in a lawsuit against Harlequin last October, various motions were filed that set a schedule preparing for a trial some time in 2016. Discovery and expert witness testimony is scheduled to be completed by March 21, 2016, and a final pre-trial conference is set for April 29, 2016.
- Jesse Ventura‘s lawsuit against HarperCollins, filed last December, was stayed in January pending a decision from the Eight Circuit of Appeals on Ventura’s lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, which he won last July.
- Canongate Publishes James Rhodes Memoir In UK After Winning Legal Battle (May 20)
- Writers Coffee Shop Owner Ordered to Set Aside $10 Million in Escrow in Fifty Shades Suit (April 28)
- Earlier Story on Former Writers Coffee Shop Partner Winning Lawsuit (February 20)
- After Originally Planning to File Another Amended Complaint, Gerritsen Quits Pursuing Warner Brothers For “Gravity” Contract Breach Suit (February and June)
- Authors Guild Drops Further Action in HathiTrust Lawsuit (January 9)