(Ellora's Cave versus Dear Author lawsuit update 9/2/2015)
You reeeeeaaallly want the popcorn for this one.
For starters, one of my previous blog posts, a compilation of reports about the EC vs DA lawsuit, was listed as exhibit 52 by DA's lawyer (who, IMO, is a First Amendment ROCKSTAR!). Am I amused? Greatly, because irony much for various reasons. The biggest of which is that, forever, "Write Your Ass Off" will forever be part of a federal case-filing. LOL
Okay, if you're behind on the news, Deirdre Saoirse Moen has done a kick-ass job (along with Courtney Milan) of parsing out the goings on and WTFery.
Deirdre, however, should get ALLL the cookies for having done a huge compile of documents and the filings...
A very long and telling read is EC's deposition of Jane, where EC's lawyer (imo) makes himself to look like a raging douche, and Jane's' lawyer basically makes him look like an idiot.
Pages 44-46 are highly amusing. Randazza is Jane's attorney, and Mastrantonio is the attorney for Ellora's Cave.
"...and Jade will lose her mind on you."
Um, would that be an admission by EC's own attorney that his client might "lose her mind" over something?
Would this be referring to the same person who for a time used a picture of herself flipping the bird as a social media profile picture? Said person who made claims that any reasonable person would perceive meant she was the head of Ellora's Cave?
We don't know for sure, but that's interesting, isn't it?
Unfortunately, there were also some chilling moments, like when Mastrantonio asked for information like the name of Jane's child (who is TEN FARKING YEARS OLD) and about her dog.
I'm sorry, but that's outside the scope of the lawsuit and is in no way germane.
Frankly, I hope people read this deposition and see the kind of depths that EC is willing to stoop to. But the biggest moment came when Randazza informed Mastrantonio that they're going to be auditing Ellora's Cave's books.
Don't forget to follow the #notchilled hashtag on Twitter, if you use Twitter.
I'm glad that it looks like people who've been saying things for years are finally close to being vindicated. I'm sad (and fucking pissed off) that people had to get jerked around, however. I was approached twice by an EC editor, and I'm SOOOOO glad I said thanks, but no thanks, to the offers at the time. I dodged a MASSIVE bullet, it looks like. (Can you imagine someone with a big mouth like me not calling bullshit when I saw it and raising a stink? HA!)