TORONTO, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Harlequin Enterprises Limited ("Harlequin")
today announced that Federal District Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of
Harlequin, dismissing the class action complaint against it (Barbara Keiler v.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 12cv5558, U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York).
Judge Baer dismissed the suit, which related to the payment to certain authors
of royalties on digital rights under contracts entered into from 1990 to 2004.
The suit was dismissed on grounds that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim.
Throughout the case, Harlequin maintained that it properly executed the terms
of the publishing contracts signed with its authors. Harlequin, one of the
world's most respected publishers of books for women, has always fairly
compensated its authors. In particular, as ebooks have become a more important
source of publishing revenue in recent years, Harlequin has voluntarily
changed the terms of its publishing contracts to offer authors a greater share
of ebook revenue.
"We are pleased with today's decision," said Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO,
Harlequin. "Harlequin prides itself on being a place where over 1,200 authors
find opportunities to publish. As the publishing industry evolves, we look
forward to developing our author agreements further in ways that serve both of
About Harlequin Harlequin (www.Harlequin.com) is one of the world's leading
publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 31 languages
and sold in 110 international markets. The company publishes more than 110
titles monthly and more than 1,200 authors from around the world. Harlequin is
a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation (www.torstar.com), a broadly
based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin's
website is located at Harlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 18 countries,
including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information,
please visit Harlequin.com and Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks. Follow Harlequin
on Twitter @HarlequinBooks.
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