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Florida Literary Agency and Publisher Reaches Settlement on FDUTPA Litigation with Florida Attorney General

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Robert Fletcher, CEO, Successfully Overcomes Damaging Allegations and Declares that Settlement is a Victory When Dealing with any Government Agency.

“Anytime a business settles litigation with a government agency with no admission of guilt and no violation of the law, it can be considered a victory,” said Robert Fletcher, the CEO of a group of companies that have been dealing with government litigation for over six years.

“Unfortunately, most consumers believe that litigation equals guilt, but that simply isn’t true.  This suit should never have been filed,” Mr. Fletcher continued. “If the litigation had any merit, they would have pushed it harder and not taken six years to deal with it.  Furthermore, the attorney who filed against us was asked to leave her job for ethical and competency issues.  Mr. Fletcher went on to say that, “settlement was the best action for our constituents as it allows us to concentrate on the future and not continue to pour money down the legal drain hole of America’s quasi-political legal process. Most importantly, we want our authors to realize that this litigation did not include our current businesses.  The suit was only directed at older companies that had a completely different business model and had already been dissolved”.

Mr. Fletcher concluded by looking to the future. “With this settlement, our family of authors and employees can rest assured that our business principles are sound and fair.  I am extremely happy for our authors, clients, and employees who have had to deal with the uncertainties of this misguided litigation for the last six years.  We have now formally put this behind us and we feel stronger than ever.  Let’s get back to business.  We have our clients’ books to publish and sell and distribute around the world.  And we would like any potential client that turned away from us because of this issue to please reconsider joining us.”

Therefore, the witch hunt perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware and the SFWA has been discredited; the The Florida Attorney General is NOT ACTIVELY collecting complaints and information.

So, the question is, will Robert Fletcher again pursue legal action against Victoria Strauss, SFWA, Writer Beware & others?

For further reading see:

Florida Attorney General Investigated by the Florida State Inspector General – Strategic Book Publishing Prepares Countersuits.

Florida State Inspector General’s Final Report 

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Florida Attorney General Investigated by the Florida State Inspector General – Strategic Book Publishing Prepares Countersuits.

In Attorney, Attorney General, Florida, State of Florida Inspector General, Strategic Book Group, Strategic Book Publishing, strategic book publishing and rights agency, Theresa Edwards on June 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The State of Florida Inspector General conducted an investigation into the internal affairs of the Florida Attorney General’s office and found the following improprieties.  These exact statements are quoted below. (The full text of the investigation can be found here http://www.scribd.com/doc/77393414/IG-Report-1).

Strategic Book Group’s President, Mr. Robert Fletcher, stated the following to The Write Agenda, “given the above facts and statements from the Florida State Inspector General, not only do we expect our reputation to be cleared, we are preparing Abuse of Process and Defamation countersuits against the Attorney General and the terminated attorney that filed the suit against us, Ms. Theresa Edwards.   Our countersuit(s) will leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that we were wronged and suffered great mental and financial harm.”

Highlights from the Florida Inspector General’s statements:

 … Improperly acting under your cloak of your authority as law enforcement officials by publicly vilifying companies based on unconfirmed evidence during the pendency of an ongoing investigation in which you have not completely collected or reviewed the relevant evidence, let alone made any charging decision regarding the company.  This is a violation of basic principles of due process and may certainly rise to the level of questionable behavior under the Florida Attorney General’s own protocols.

 … “You have acted as judge and jury with written publications of your conclusions, absent a complete review of evidence… at a minimum you have tainted the investigation and anything that follows.

 ...  allegations of requests to falsify evidence. 

 … improper identification and analysis of legal issues;

 … judgment in discussing matters related to pending investigations with third parties;

 … unfairly harming the target or misleading whoever is receiving the information;

 … labeling activities as crimes unfairly;

 … cases were a total mess lacking any investigative effort;

 … your attorneys didn’t know what they were talking about;

 … complaint totally flawed;

 … never bothering to check if there was any legal authority which supported their theory; 

 … dismay about putting on the Internet incorrect information;

 … lack of documentation to support a case;                   

 … unresponsive to opposing counsel,

 … sending material straight out to the blogosphere,

 … drum up attention in the media to bring extra pressure on the case,

 … embarrassing to the State of Florida,

 … a complete violation of trust,

 … no evidence to warrant opening half of their cases,

 … issues that could have been recognized earlier if management at the time was paying attention,

 … management not as focused on the details,

 … good reviews given to fired employees,

… “there’s things that’s been done that just does not appear ethical, it does not appear right and I’m uncomfortable doing certain things.” 

 … Problematic to have an incorrect target listed on the Internet, riddled with inaccuracies, unfair statements, and specious inferences regarding …

… The fact that you would make statements concluding that any company or individual is guilty of criminal misconduct during an ongoing, purportedly confidential, civil investigation is at best irresponsible.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Florida AG Set to Begin Trial Against Strategic Book Publishing et al

In Attorney General, Florida, Randi Shapiro, Robert Fletcher, Strategic Book Group, Strategic Book Publishing, strategic book publishing and rights agency on June 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Strategic Book Publishing: Florida AG Set to Begin Trial

Randi Shapiro, Financial Investigator, Consumer Protection Bureau, Office of the Florida Attorney General has confirmed to The Write Agenda that the case against Strategic Book Group, Robert Fletcher et al is “on the docket for [a] three month time period .”  It is not expected to run through the month of September. The exact date is unknown at this time. However, it is expected t0 go to trial anytime after July 1st, 2013. Most likely  it will not be until after July 4th.

Stay tuned.

Strategic Book Publishing: Florida AG Set to Begin Trial?

In Attorney General, Florida, lawsuit, lawsuits, Legal Issues, Publisher, Publishers, Publishing, Robert Fletcher, Scams, Self-Publish, Self-Published, Self-Publishing, Strategic Book Publishing, strategic book publishing and rights agency, The Write Agenda, Untraditional Publishing, Vanity, Writer, Writers on May 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

An anonymous source has indicated to TWA that the Florida Attorney General may begin a trial against Publisher Robert Fletcher and his publishing entities. The source stated that the trial could begin in July and run through September.

Stay tuned.