Arlington lady wins ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ lawsuit

February 21, 2015 - Fifty Shades of Grey

Color Arlington proprietor Jennifer Pedroza fifty shades of happy.

Pedroza, one of dual Arlington women who pronounced they are due royalties from a blockbuster novel Fifty Shades of Grey, won her lawsuit in Tarrant County polite justice this week, a feat that could pad her bank criticism by during slightest 7 figures, an profession said.

The jury deliberated for about 10 hours over 3 days before final on Thursday that Pedroza was defrauded by Amanda Hayward, her Australian partner in an e-publishing business that creatively expelled what would turn a New York Times bestseller.

State District Judge Susan McCoy will establish how most Pedroza eventually gets after an accounting of a financial annals connected to book sales is completed. Records on a royalties have been sealed, though progressing estimates were that her share could be $10 million to $20 million.

“It will be vast numbers. It will be in a 7 figures,” pronounced Mike Farris, Pedroza’s attorney, who combined that a progressing amounts were merely guesses.

The outcome is usually “the initial step,” though his customer feels “vindicated,” he said.

Robert Kantner, an profession representing Hayward, pronounced his clients motionless not to criticism to a press and will “litigate a box in a courts.” Kantner did not respond when asked if his clients would interest a verdict.

Pedroza sued Hayward final year, contending that she conned her out of her legitimate partnership interests in advances and royalties issuing from a extravagantly successful book, that recently desirous a film by a same name.

Pedroza and Hayward, who lived in Dural, a Sydney suburb, were partners in The Writer’s Coffee Shop, that started out as a blog site in 2009, along with Waxahachie proprietor Jennifer McGuire. Visitors to a fan-based website discussed books and wrote “fan fiction” stories.

The 3 women shaped online friendships. McGuire did pattern for a blog, Pedroza uploaded contributors’ writing, and Hayward worked with a authors, justice annals show. Later, Christa Beebe, another Arlington resident, assimilated and helped with offered and distribution.

By 2010, Pedroza and Hayward had a Coffee House handling as a edition residence that in 2011 published Fifty Shades of Grey, an erotic intrigue novel by E.L. James, a British author, as an e-book and print-on-demand full-length book. The association published a sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, in 2011 and 2012.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy became an online sensation, offered 250,000 copies by e-book and print-on-demand, with another 20,000 imitation copies.

Hollywood came job as did vital edition houses.

In 2012, Random House done a understanding with Hayward and James to tell a books in what was described as a “million-dollar deal.” Pedroza perceived a one-time remuneration of $100,000 after a Random House agreement was signed, though she was never told of a full terms of a transaction.

By contrast, James warranted $95 million in royalties between Jun 2012 and Jun 2013, a lawsuit states. Random House was not named in a lawsuit.

The lawsuit acknowledges that a dual Texans — Pedroza and McGuire — and Hayward never sealed a prepared partnership agreement. But in 2011, The Writer’s Coffee Shop filed a partnership income taxation return, fixing Pedroza as a ubiquitous partner, it says.

Pedroza contended in her fit that Hayward in 2012 personally converted a Coffee Shop into a association she alone owned, TWCS Operations Pty Limited, slicing her out of a millions that a trilogy eventually would earn.

Ferris pronounced a jury eventually dynamic that there was a partnership between a women and that Heywood unsuccessful to approve with her duties. The jury also found that Heyward defrauded Pedroza.

Beebe, who creatively was a partial of a lawsuit and was seeking $45,000 in mislaid salary and punitive damages, staid her claims in Dec in a trusted agreement, Ferris said.

Max B. Baker, 817-390-7714

Twitter: @MaxBBaker

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