Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, the law firm which previously filed a class-action suit against Author Solutions, announced earlier this week that it has just filed a second class-action suit.
Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart has filed a class action suit against Author Solutions, a major self-publishing house owned by Penguin Random House. Unlike every other traditional publisher, Author Solutions seeks to make money FROM authors not FOR them.
Author Solutions preys upon the dreams of authors by selling them expensive services that sound exciting but do not actually sell any books. Their defense: They aren’t being deceptive because they aren’t trying to sell books. Of course, for nearly 200,000 authors who have paid thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars to buy expensive services that promised to promote their books, Author Solutions’s indifference to book sales comes as more than a bit of a surprise.
The two named plaintiffs are Patricia H. Wheeler and Helen Heightsman Gordon; both authors are from California. The authors used book publishing services provided by two of Author Solutions’ self-publishing imprints, AuthorHouse and iUniverse.
The second class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court of Indiana. The first case was filed in New York. You can view the court papers here.
TIPM has recently begun taking a close look at the first class action suit in part one of The Case Against Author Solutions.