Back in March of this year, when Jane Litte revealed that she is also author Jen Frederick, some people who donated to the Dear Author defense fund were quite vocal about how the fund should never have been created to begin with, what with Jane being “rich.”
At the time, I waxed on and on about why it shouldn’t fall on Jane’s shoulders alone to stand up to a vexatious lawsuit.
People have the right to feel whatever the hell they want, about whatever the fuck they want to, but since Sarah Wendell (or perhaps it was Jane herself, that part is not clear) updated the fund page today, I want to post some quick numbers, and then leave it to my readers to decide whether it’s reasonable to expect any single person to shoulder the cost of a lawsuit designed to intimidate people and shut them up.
First, a couple of reminders.
When Jane announced through Dear Author that EC had filed suit against her and the blog, many romance readers and authors asked how we could help.
When Sarah Wendell created the fundraising page, she stated that Jane had set aside $20,000.00 of her own money to defend herself.
Shortly after that, talking with Courtney Milan about the suit in this podcast, Sarah stressed how that sum–as huge as it seems to people like me, who live check to check–would barely make a dent on the legal fees, well before all was said and done.
As of today, the page raised a total of $55,086.00–and then GoFundMe took their fees, however much those were. The cost of the litigation, up to the settlement,¹ comes up to $132,578.35–so far, and even though Marc Randazza billed Jane less than he would usually have for a similar case.
Check those numbers for a moment.
The cost of litigation, up to this point, is well over twice as much as the gross amount raised.
Here is the breakdown posted in the update:
Randazza Law Firm: 115,712.29
Lefton Group: 2,855.00
Expert witness fee: 5,075.00
Brennan, Manna & Diamond: 8,936.00
Can anyone, seeing those numbers, still think Jane should have shelled out that much money, for speaking up about the shitty way Ellora’s Cave and its principals have treated–and continue to treat–the authors and other people who signed contracts with them?
For anyone who does: may you never have to face a lawsuit.
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¹ Please note, as far as I understand it, the settlement is not final yet–the motion to enjoin Ann Jacobs is still pending, for one.