'Color-of-the-Author' Suit Against Penguin Settled

« Updated News On NBC, MySpace, and SAG | Main | Lindsey Lohan Covers Herself In Furry Legal Trouble »

'Color-of-the-Author' Suit Against Penguin Settled

Tue May 20, 2008 @ 03:19PM PST

Posted by Matthew Heller

Millenia African-American author Nadine Aldred is back in the writing business after settling an unusual segregation-in-publishing suit against Penguin Group, the publisher of her first two novels.

Aldred, who writes romance novels under the name Millenia Black, alleged that Penguin marketed her debut work "The Great Pretender" as African-American fiction based solely on her race, costing her a mainstream audience. She sought no less than $250 million in damages.

But the parties filed dismissal papers last week and Aldred confirmed the settlement on her blog. "I'm very pleased to share that the matter has now been resolved to my satisfaction through an agreement, the terms of which can never be discussed," she said.

Discovery issues in the case had gotten testy, with Aldred battling Penguin over its request to copy the contents of her computer in search of deleted e-mails and other documents. On her blog, she describes the last three years of her life as "dreadful" -- she has not written another novel since "The Great Betrayal," published in 2006.

A "Jim Crowesque climate ... plagues American publishing," she says, but she still has

confidence that my stories will find their way into the American mainstream, where they belong. Like any other, they deserve to have a fair chance in the marketplace, don't they? Unfettered by any "color-of-the-author" impositions?

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451d69069e200e55241b5848833

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference 'Color-of-the-Author' Suit Against Penguin Settled:


The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to Matthew.Belloni@thr.com

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or patrice.atiee@thr.com


The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.