Harlequin Romance Novelists Seek OK Of $4.1M Royalty Deal

Law360, Los Angeles (June 16, 2016, 8:20 PM EDT) -- Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. will pay $4.1 million to resolve a class action claiming the romance novel publisher cheated some of its authors out of e-book royalties, after the Second Circuit partially revived the suit, according to a Thursday filing in New York federal court.

Lead plaintiffs Barbara Keiler, Mona Gay Thomas and Linda Barrett filed a memorandum of law supporting their motion for final approval of the class action settlement, saying the $4.1 million figure amounts to roughly three-quarters of what they believed were actual damages.

A New York federal judge in April 2013 tossed the suit, rejecting the authors' allegations...

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