The courts dismissed a charge of plagiarism against J.K. Rowling by the estate of Adrian Jacobs after the estate failed to post a £1.5 million security bond. Jacobs’s executor, Paul Allen, first charged Rowling with plagiarizing Jacobs’s book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard in 2004. The court had ordered the estate to post a bond to cover 65% of the costs faced by Rowling and her publisher, Bloomsbury, in case the estate did not prevail. The estate’s inability to post the bond eventually ended the case.
The case against Joel Rosenberg for felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court stemming from a November 2010 incident has been dropped following Rosenberg’s May 2011 death. A Memorial for Rosenberg and benefit for his family is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis on June 26.
NIAD Management is suing Orson Scott Card for commissions due from the film and web adaptations of Ender’s Game. When Card signed with NIAD in 2006, the contract specifically noted that they would not receive commissions on the Ender’s Game film optioned by Warner Bros. When the Warners option expired in 2008, the project was shopped to other studios and NIAD claims that the exclusion clause only applies to the project made by Warners, not subsequent projects.
At a preliminary hearing on May 2, Joel Rosenberg’s trial date for his December 8, 2010 arrest on felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court was set. Rosenberg’s lawyers argued that City Hall is not a courthouse, but merely contained a single room which was used as a courtroom. Rosenberg’s trial will begin on August 8.
Judge Denny Chin has rejected the Google Books Settlement, saying that the search engine’s agreement was too broad and “would arguably give Google control over the search market” for books. The agreement between Google and the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers was dismissed without prejudice, which means that Google and the organizations can revise the agreement and resubmit it in a way that gives better protection to copyright owners.
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who has also gone by the names “Clark Rockefeller,” “Christopher Crowe,” and “Christopher Chichester,” has been charged with the 1985 murder of LA fan and LASFS member Jonathan Sohus. Gerhartsreiter, who was using the Chichester name at the time, was a tenant of Sohus and his wife, Linda. Both Jonathan and Linda disappeared in 1985, but only Jonathan’s remains have been found.
A dinner to raise money for the Joel Rosenberg Legal Defense Fund will be held on Sunday, January 2 at 6:30 at the AmericInn Chanhassen in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The dinner is limited to 40 attendees, but donations can be made by those not attending as well. Rosenberg was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse and contempt of court.
Frank Frazetta, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against his three siblings claiming they violated the terms of the settlement by failing to pay him the 25-percent share of the estate his father intended him to have and failed to provide an accurate accounting of the business dealings involving his father’s art and have not involved him in their decisions as agreed. Shortly before Frank Frazetta’s death, Frank Frazetta, Jr. had broken into his father’s museum with a backhoe as part of a squabble with his father.
Fantasy author Joel Rosenberg was arrested and charged with felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court on December 8. The charges stem from an incident on November 5 when Rosenberg visited the courthouse to make a request for documents. Minneapolis Sgt. William Palmer noticed Rosenberg was armed and tried to disarm him.