Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit: Update

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

In April of this year, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart filed a class action lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. (ASI) and its parent, Penguin Group,
on behalf of three plaintiffs, alleging breach of contract, unjust
enrichment, various violations of the California Business and
Professional Code, and violation of New York General Business Law.

My blog post about the filing, including the full text of the initial Complaint, can be seen here.

Not surprisingly, ASI and Penguin filed a motion to dismiss. On July 19, Giskan Solotaroff filed an Amended Complaint, which can be seen here.

On August 23, Penguin moved to dismiss the Amended Complaint in its entirety, and ASI moved to dismiss the claims of one of the three plaintiffs in their entirety, and all but the breach of contract claims of the other two plaintiffs. Penguin and ASI also informed the court that they intend to file a motion to either strike the class allegations included in the amended complaint, or to deny class certification altogether. In response, Giskan Solotaroff intends to file a Second Amended Complaint by September 27.

Another motion to dismiss will surely follow. But as it looks now, even if the motion is successful, and/or Penguin/ASI gets the class allegations tossed, two of the breach of contract claims against ASI will go forward.

I’ll keep you posted.

One Response

  1. john b

    If the class action gets tossed, this law firm. .should Represent each class Action Participant. Individually and still get them….That’s the Problem with Rich people, They steal from the poor , then use a loophole or Some kinda Motion to Dismiss..I hope this judge lets the Class Action go forward and Dismiss money out of Authorhouse , and Penguins pockets..its ashame today, you can’t even Publish a book without getting “Robbed by Predators. .stealing Royalties, cooking the Books and charging fraudulent scam fees,and bait and switch tactics, Moreover messing up people’s manuscripts on get fraud fee’s inwich they created mistakes themselves. .Please judge Throw the Book at these People..They Ruin our hard work plus steal from us..Please dont go away from the truth. .we want justice for there “Criminal Acts. .!