Law Firm Pays Up Over JK Rowling Leak
Agrees to cover author's legal costs, make charitable donation
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for author JK Rowling.   (AP Photo/Mulholland Books)

(Newser) – The law firm whose partner spilled the beans on JK Rowling's crime-writing pseudonym has agreed to pay damages, after the writer took the lawyer and his friend, who spilled the beans even further, to court. Russells Solicitors will pay Rowling's legal costs and make a donation to the Soldiers' Charity, reports the BBC. Though Rowling didn't appear in court, her lawyer told the judge she "has been left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust," reports the Telegraph. In fairness, notes the BBC, she was also left even richer than before: the book, The Cuckoo's Calling, went from having sold 1,500 copies to a No. 1 seller on Amazon within hours of the news leaking. Rowling chose Soldiers' Charity "partly as a thank you to the army people" who aided her research for the book.

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YetAnotherCollegeKid
Aug 2, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
I work at an independent bookstore in Denver. When this news dropped, we had over four hundred orders in a week.
quersty
Jul 31, 2013 9:13 PM CDT
If I bought the book because the author was claiming to be ex-military do I get to sue her for deceiving me? She wasn't just using a fake name but substantively falsifying the nature of her bio.
The_Old_Wolf
Jul 31, 2013 4:29 PM CDT
No word on whether the loose-principled attorney has been sacked from his firm, though...