Class action alleges Dorrance Publishing fails to disclose true book sales figures to authors

The 2008 Young Adult Novel Author Ten houses full of leaves alleges in a proposed class action lawsuit that Dorrance Publishing Company hid from him and other writers the true sales figures of their work and unfairly withheld associated commissions and revenue.

The plaintiff, a resident of Trenton, New Jersey, alleges in her 17-page complaint that Dorrance has a “historical habit and practice” of withholding true and accurate sales of its customers’ books. The publisher, according to the lawsuit, accomplishes this through “misrepresentation, intentional non-disclosure, and willful concealment” of genuine sales data, which Dorrance alone controls.

Pursuant to plaintiff’s 2008 contract with the publisher, Dorrance agreed to publish, print, market and distribute the woman’s novel in exchange for 60% of all national sales and 75% of all sales international, the record says. According to the complaint, the defendant’s services “come at a high cost”, as the plaintiff paid $8,000 in connection with the publication of Ten houses full of leaves.

In 2015, however, Dorrance terminated the contract at issue and informed the plaintiff that, since 2008, only nine copies of her novel had been sold, the suit says. From August 2008 to September 2015, Dorrance only paid the plaintiff $10.20 for book sales, according to the case.

“Because it is Defendant’s practice and procedure to retain but not share authors’ sales records, Plaintiff had no means of verifying the actual sales figures for her book,” the complaint states. “Defendant tightly controls all orders, payments and fulfillment, without the involvement of the author, leaving Plaintiff no choice but to trust the sales data reported by Defendant.”

In the fall of 2019, however, the plaintiff discovered that tens of thousands of copies of her book had in fact been sold and that Dorrance hid this information from her and kept all profits, according to the lawsuit.

According to the case, the plaintiff learned of her novel’s true sales figures when she noticed the book was still for sale on Amazon, even though her contract with Dorrance had been terminated four years earlier. Through an Amazon feature, the plaintiff learned that during a four-week period in 2012, more than 51,000 copies of the novel had been sold, according to the case.

According to the filing, Dorrance has been the subject of nearly 70 complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau over the past three years, with other perpetrators speaking out about allegedly not receiving sales data. precise.

In total, the plaintiff alleges that it is entitled to receive close to $225,000 in sales for Ten houses full of leaves.

“However, in accordance with its fraudulent pattern and practice, the defendant reported zero sales for that same period, and paid Nope royalties to the plaintiff,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit seeks to cover all persons in the United States who have entered into a contract with Dorrance Publishing Company or one of its affiliates (I-Proclaim Books, Red Lead Press, Rose Dog Books and Whitmore Publishing Company) and who were to receive commissions. book sales over the past six years, and unpaid commissions by the publisher.

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