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Stephen King’s Agent Sued by Lawyer Over March Firing

A lawyer who said he represented Stephen King for more than 30 years sued the author’s agent, Arthur Greene, for at least $1 million in damages over his firing.

Jay D. Kramer was fired March 30, shortly after Greene and his wife met with King, according to the lawsuit filed today in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Kramer said he and Greene had been discussing the splitting of commissions.

Greene, who also acted as King’s accountant, and his wife, Susan Greene, were “motivated by resentment toward Mr. Kramer” and “greed,” according to the complaint.

“Defendants’ misrepresentations and other misdeeds and the resulting improper termination of Mr. Kramer have also damaged his reputation in the entertainment industry,” a lawyer for Kramer, David M. Schreier, said in the complaint.

King was the world’s second-highest-earning author in the past year, grossing about $39 million, trailing only James Patterson, according to Forbes.com. Greene, in a telephone interview, said he represents King and that Kramer “worked for me.” He declined to comment further.

Greene retained Kramer on King’s behalf in 1978, according to the complaint. Kramer later worked independently of Greene on publishing agreements and other work, he claimed.

The case is Kramer v. Greene, 653567-2012, New York State Supreme Court, County of New York (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Christie Smythe in New York at csmythe1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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