March 7, 2022
Agents, you might have received requests from the Department of Justice, Penguin Random House and/or Simon & Schuster’s attorneys to produce documents about your clients’ book deals in the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against the PRH-S&S merger.
Authors, you may already be hearing about these requests from your agents or will soon and may have concerns.
The information being sought by attorneys for the parties relates to books acquired through various processes, and may include author names, book titles, rights granted, and amounts of advances.
We have looked into these discovery requests, spoken to many agents, attorneys for the agents, and PRH, and we have some information to share that might be helpful and assuage some of your concerns.