Legit Lawsuit or Retaliation?

shutterstock_163883399The independent romance publisher Ellora’s Cave claims the blog Dear Author falsely suggested the publisher is “on the verge of financial ruin,” according to a libel and defamation lawsuit filed on Friday.

The offending statements appeared in a September 14th blog post by Jane Litte (the pen name of Jennifer Gerrish-Lampe), drawing on an August email Ellora’s Cave sent to its authors detailing falling ebook sales through Amazon. At the time, Ellora’s Cave was unable to determine the cause of the dropoff and confirmed it’s in talks with Amazon to address the issue.

But Ellora’s Cave CEO Patty Marks insists Gerrish-Lamp’s suggestion that the issue amounts to a death sentence has “irreparably damaged” the publisher, which is seeking $25,000 in damages.

Should the case go to court, Marks will need to prove Dear Author caused real harm to her business. But Gerrish-Lampe, who is a lawyer, has promised she’s “going to fight this.”


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