Harper Lee’s Suit Against Former Literary Agent Dismissed
By Don Jeffrey - Sep 12, 2013 9:21 AM ET
A lawsuit by Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” against her former literary agent for allegedly depriving her of royalties, was dismissed.
Lee agreed to terminate the suit against her former agent, Samuel Pinkus, and other defendants, according to a federal court filing in Manhattan yesterday. No details of the agreement were disclosed.
Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Lawyers for the 87-year-old author had claimed the agent and others took advantage of her age and infirmity to keep her royalties from the best-selling novel. Lee was in an assisted-living facility when she signed a document that assigned her copyright to the book to Pinkus’s company, according to the complaint.
The defendants also included Leigh Ann Winick, described as Pinkus’s wife, and Gerald Posner, a New York lawyer and journalist who incorporated one of Pinkus’s businesses, according to the complaint.
The case is Lee v. Pinkus, 13-cv-03000, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).