Lawyers acting for Penguin and Author Solutions, in a lawsuit filed against them by three authors, have asked for the court to dismiss the action. Regardless of any decision made on the motion to dismiss by Judge Denise Cote, lawyers have also asked for Penguin to be removed as a named defendant in the suit.
Penguin and its subsidiary Author Solutions have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them that alleges fraudulent business practices. The suit, filed at the end of April by three Author Solutions clients, asks for $5 million in damages, and seeks class action status.
It alleges that Author Solutions misrepresents itself as a publisher, luring authors in with claims of “greater speed, higher royalties, and more control for its authors,” only to profit from upselling services that “fail to accomplish what they promise.” The suit also alleges that Author Solutions fails to pay its authors the royalties they are due.
You can also read an extensive analysis of the court documents filed with the New York District Court – Part 1 here and Part 2 here.