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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Conservative Authors' Suit Headed to Arbitration

As reported in The New York Times last year, a group of five authors sued Eagle Publishing, the parent company of Regnery Publishing, alleging that the publisher was depriving authors of royalties by selling the books at deep discounts through affiliated entities.  The suit is of greater interest than your run-of-the-mill contract dispute because the press has made a name for itself as a conservative press.  Authors and publishers are united not in the quest for profits but in the honorable cause of spreading the conservative gospel in its various forms, ranging from "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Vetermans Speak Out Against John Kerry" to "Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security."  As one of the plaintiffs put it, "We're not looking for a payoff.  We're looking for justice."

Today, the New York Times reports that Judge Huvelle of the U.S. District Court in Washington dismissed the case based on an arbitration clause in the plaintiffs' contract with Regnery.  Plaintiffs have announced their intention to continue the quest for justice in arbitration next week.

[Jeremy Telman]

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