class action

A class action against James Patterson?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 18, 2014 // 18 Comments

When not engaged in dissing Amazon, endowing lucky bookshops, or otherwise positioning himself front and center before an attentive media, bestselling $350 million-net-worth $90-million-a-year-earning author James Patterson is indulging in business practices that make me wonder whether there is a [...]

Apple settles e-book anti-trust damages with states, class-action plaintiffs

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, there’s a thing. Reuters reports that Apple has agreed to settle the e-book anti-trust lawsuit filed by 33 state attorneys general and class-action lawyers for consumers from other states. Details of the settlement have not been released; it still needs approval from the court. Judge Cote [...]

New PublishAmerica sock puppet America Star Books wants to pull its wool over your eyes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 31, 2014 // 12 Comments

The Writer Beware blog has posted a tipoff about a new identity for Author Solutions-style self-publishing vanity press operation PublishAmerica, which, like Author Solutions, spawns a succession of new names and sub-identities to disguise its basic focus of providing overpriced and often [...]

Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon and Publishers Misses the Mark

By libertyc
February 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

According to the Huffington Post, three independent bookstores are filing a class action suit against Amazon and the “Big Six” publishers. Alyson Decker of Blecher & Collins PC, lead counsel acting for the bookstores, described DRM as “a problem that affects many independent [...]

Google appeals class action certification in Google Books case

By libertyc
November 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Google Books lawsuit proceeds apace. paidContent and CNet report that, in Google’s latest filing, the search giant is appealing the court’s decision to certify class action status for the Authors Guild. Google argues that the majority of writers actually approve of its scanning (58% [...]

Judge stays price-fixing class-action suit against Hachette, HarperCollins

By libertyc
May 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

PaidContent reports that a judge has stayed an e-book price-fixing class-action case against publishers Hachette and HarperCollins on the grounds that the publishers are close to settling with state governments over the matter, and the states’ lawsuits trump the class action. Apart from Macmillan [...]

The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law?

By libertyc
December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

There is a good analysis of the current legal difficulties of publishers in paidContent.  Much more in the article: It’s been a week to forget for publishers after both the Justice Department and the European Commission announced investigations into e-book pricing tactics. Meanwhile, dozens of [...]

Class action suit filed against Apple and publishers for price fixing under the agency model

By libertyc
August 9, 2011 // 3 Comments

The following is the full press release issued by the law firm in this important lawsuit.  As a former corporate lawyer who used to teach antitrust law to my fellow employees, I must say that I’m surprised that it took so long for someone to do this.  On its face, the current arrangement [...]

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