Class Action Complaint Against Harlequin Enterprises Dismissed

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 
our interests." 
About Harlequin  Harlequin ( 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 (, a broadly 
based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin's 
website is located at Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, 
including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information, 
please visit and Follow Harlequin 
on Twitter @HarlequinBooks. 
Media Contact: 
Darren McDermott  Brunswick Group (917) 345-3621 
SOURCE: Harlequin Enterprises Limited 
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