Industry & Advocacy News
September 9, 2013
Harper Lee has reached settlement agreements with all parties, including her former agent, Samuel Pinkus, named in a lawsuit over royalties for To Kill A Mockingbird, her attorney, Gloria Phares, confirmed Monday morning.
Phares declined to comment on terms of the settlement, but said dismissal papers in the complaint against Pinkus will be filed soon. On Thursday, papers were filed dismissing the complaints against Leigh Ann Winnick, Pinkus’s wife, and journalist Gerald Posner.
In the lawsuit, Lee sought to recover royalties dating back to 2007, when Pinkus allegedly tricked her into signing over copyright to her classic novel as she was in an assisted living facility recovering from a stroke. The 87-year-old author regained rights to the novel in 2012, but Pinkus has continued to collect royalties, according to the suit.
In media reports, Vincent Carissimi, a lawyer for Pinkus, also declined to comment on terms of the agreement, saying, “The parties reached a mutually satisfactory resolution and everybody would like at this point to put it behind them.”