Author Ordered to Repay Advance After Breach of Contract

An arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association has found in favor of Regnery Publishing, instructing author Richard Miniter to repay his advance to Regnery. 

In his March 10 ruling, the arbitrator concluded that Miniter had breached his two-book contract by failing to deliver the second book. Miniter then failed to return his advance, and instead signed a contract with another publisher.

“We are pleased that the arbitrator agreed with our position,” said Marji Ross, president and publisher. Ross added that the final award included repayment of the advance, as well as a portion of Regnery’s lost profits and hearing fees.

“We honor our commitments to each of our authors, and we work very hard with them to ensure their books are successful. We were reluctant to pursue Rich on this, but we felt we just couldn’t let him walk out on us and sign with another publisher without at least returning our money,” Ross continued. 

Earlier this year, the federal court in the District of Columbia dismissed a related lawsuit filed by Miniter and four other disgruntled authors against Regnery’s parent company, Eagle Publishing.

“We certainly hope this week’s arbitration ruling puts this dispute behind us,” said Ross.  “Our business is publishing serious non-fiction books and turning as many of those books as possible into New York Times bestsellers. That’s our passion, that’s what we’re good at, and that’s how we want to spend 100% of our time.”

Established in 1947, Regnery Publishing is the oldest conservative publisher in America.  Following founder Henry Regnery’s motto, “It is our purpose to publish good books, wherever we find them,” the company strives to publish books that spark debate and ultimately make a difference in every community. Over the years Regnery has published such conservative classics as God and Man at Yale by William F. Buckley, Jr., The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk, and Witness by Whittaker Chambers. Recent New York Times bestsellers include Bias by Bernard Goldberg, Power to the People by Laura Ingraham, and Real Change by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, as well as volumes by Dinesh D’Souza, Mark Steyn, Mark Levin, David Limbaugh, Bill Sammon, and Chris Horner.

[Regnery Publishing is a sister company of HUMAN EVENTS]

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