Second Class Action Lawsuit Against Author Solutions is Dismissed


The second class action lawsuit against Author Solutions, a self publishing service provider, was voluntarily dismissed yesterday, September 14th, in the state of Indiana. The news comes after last month’s decision by Judge Denise Cote to ‘discontinue without prejudice’ a similar case filed  by two authors in the Southern District Court in New York. Both parties agreed to end litigation and pay their own legal fees.

Judge Cote had previously denied class action status for the New York case in June of this year. The Indiana suit against Author Solutions was filed in April by law firm Giskan, Solotaroff, Anderson, & Stewart.

You can read the full history of the lawsuits by clicking on our four-part series of posts — The Case Against Author Solutions (Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4).

Giskan, Solotaroff, Anderson, & Stewart had been providing some updates on its website but as yet has made no public statement regarding the recent outcome of both lawsuits.

Below is the statement released today from Author Solutions LLC:


“Following the July 1, 2015 ruling by Judge Denise Cote denying plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in Simmons v. Author Solutions LLC, the parties have resolved both the New York and Indiana actions without any finding or admission of wrongdoing on the part of Author Solutions or its affiliates. By mutual agreement of the parties, the terms of the settlement are strictly confidential.”

Andrew Phillips, Author Solutions LLC president and CEO, added:

We are obviously very pleased with this outcome. Moving forward, we soon will share our broad-ranging future plans as we fulfill our mission to help authors reach their publishing goals and achieve the widest impact with their writing.

Author Solutions LLC, a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in supported self-publishing services, currently serves authors on six continents and has helped nearly 200,000 authors bring to market more than 250,000 books in both English and Spanish.

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