Second Author Solutions Suit Ends Like the First

Andrew AlbaneseWhere do we go to get our reputation back? That’s the question executives at independent publishing service provider Author Solutions are likely asking. A pair of lawsuits by authors alleging fraudulent business practices at Authors Solutions have recently ended, though doubts about the company will likely linger, says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer.

“The cases may have failed in court, but maybe not in the court of public opinion. And with the self-publishing world getting more competitive. It will be interesting to see how they recover,” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.

The dismissal of a class action lawsuit in Indiana comes after Judge Denise Cote dealt the original case against Author Solutions (first filed in New York in April, 2013) a fatal blow by denying class action status in late June. Weeks later, on August 12, Cote ordered the New York case discontinued, following notice of a private settlement involving the case’s final two author plaintiffs.

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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