SINTHYIA DARKNESS, THOMAS MEYERS and PHILLIP DOLAN have been named as defendants in a lawsuit brought against them by WILHELMUS JOHANNES FRANS MEINERS (PublishAmerica Representative) et al.
Allegedly, defamatory and disparaging blog postings led to the action. While the majority of the blog posts in question appear to be from Sinthyia Darkness, Author Thomas Meyers and Author Phillip Dolan apparently contributed additional postings which led to them being included into the lawsuit. The case was filed by PublishAmerica Attorney Victor Cretella (See Preditor & Editor Lawsuit here). Cumulatively, the complaint’s prayer for relief seeks $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages, and a demand for a jury trial.
This case may have interesting implications for Watchdogs, Authors, Publishers, Agents and could define the price of loyalty to publishing industry watchdogs. Stay tuned.
In other news, more lawsuits coming? Confidential sources have advised The Write Agenda that Author P.N. Elrod has been the subject of numerous “Cease and Desist” letters. This appears to have some merit to it since Elrod appears to have deleted potentially defamatory and slanderous postings. Elrod also appears to be opting to post links on her Facebook page that were written by other blogs. More on this as it develops.
Posting Coming Soon: The Price of Loyalty to Crispin, Macdonald & Strauss: Watchdogs May Lead You to Stick Your Toe into the Litigation Pond . . . Is it Worth it?