Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit Settled

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

A class action lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. has been settled and discontinued.

Filed in April 2013 by law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, LLP against ASI and its parent company, Penguin Group, the suit alleged breach of contract, unjust enrichment, various violations of the California Business and Professional Code, and violation of New York General Business Law. Penguin was later dismissed from the case, along with some--but not all--of the claims against ASI.

The case proceeded to discovery, and in February of this year Giskan Solotaroff filed for class certification. On July 1, Judge Denise Cote denied certification. The parties then proceeded to settlement, which apparently has been reached, becuase on August 12, Judge Cote ordered the case to be discontinued.
It having been reported to the Court that this case has been settled, it is hereby ORDERED that the above-captioned action is hereby discontinued without costs to any party and without prejudice to restoring the action to this Court's calendar if the application to restore the action is made within forty-five days.
The terms of the settlement have not been released. PW has more.

ASI is not clear of legal actions, however. Another lawsuit was filed in Indiana in March of this year, also by Giskan Solotaroff, with similar claims of fraud and unjust enrichment. According to Sarah Weinman, writing in Publishers Lunch (subscription required), this suit has been consolidated with another into a single case. Weinman notes:
Back in April, after the second suit was filed in Indiana, Oren Giskan told us the Indiana cases were filed "because we came to understand that all of the claims we wished to have resolved could only be done in the State of Indiana," where ASI has their headquarters.

Beware Social Media Snake Oil

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This week I’ve got another great guest post for you, from marketing expert Chris Syme.We writers have all heard that we “have” to be on social media, which is presented to us–both by experts and the not-so-… [...]

Continue reading Beware Social Media Snake Oil

Be Sociable, Share!

    Guest Post: Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing.

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs I explained in my last post, I’m still mostly M.I.A., but I’ve lined up some terrific guest posts that will appear over the next few weeks.Today’s guest post comes from author and writing teacher Barbara B… [...]

    Continue reading Guest Post: Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing.

    Be Sociable, Share!

      Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus

      Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast Sunday, my elderly mother, who’s fighting cancer, fell in her apartment and broke three ribs. Cue nightmare scenario: 911 call…12 hours in the emergency room…confusion over hospital admission…fight… [...]

      Continue reading Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus

      Be Sociable, Share!

        Pay-to-Play Alert: #WORLDCLASS Magazine

        Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAuthors: have you received an unsolicited email from a “talent scout” at #WORLDCLASS Magazine pitching an interview and/or cover feature? Here’s what you need to know in case you do: it’s pay-to-play.Here’s a… [...]

        Continue reading Pay-to-Play Alert: #WORLDCLASS Magazine

        Be Sociable, Share!

          Alert: Don Semora, "Professional Designer and Author"

          Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareMaking money from authors can be good business, which probably explains why so many of those who exploit them return again and again to the trough. Case in point: Don Semora, whose brand-new website styles hi… [...]

          Continue reading Alert: Don Semora, "Professional Designer and Author"

          Be Sociable, Share!

            Amazon’s "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New

            Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOne of today’s most popular pastimes, in the writing world at least, is demonizing Amazon (or sanctifying it, but that’s not the subject of this post). Latest flashpoint: Amazon’s review policies.The flap see… [...]

            Continue reading Amazon’s "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New

            Be Sociable, Share!

              Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

              Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderston & Stewart filed a lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. and its parent company, Penguin, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of var… [...]

              Continue reading Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

              Be Sociable, Share!

                Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure"

                Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn my last blog post, I discussed how to recognize and avoid profitmaking writing awards–fake awards that exist not to honor writers, but to enrich sponsors. If you’re looking to win writing awards and enter… [...]

                Continue reading Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure"

                Be Sociable, Share!

                  Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them

                  Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you may have guessed that I’m not a big fan of writing contests and awards.Partly this is because so many are a waste of time, with minimal prizes, ne… [...]

                  Continue reading Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them

                  Be Sociable, Share!