Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense Fund

$55,086 of $50k goal

Raised by 851 people in 26 months
Sarah Wendell  MONTCLAIR, NJ
Many people have been asking if and how they can contribute to Dear Author and Jane Litte's legal defense. Consequently, this campaign was created. The Dear Author Jane Litte Legal Defense Fund will be run through Go Fund Me. Any donations made to this fund will be used for Jane Litte's defense against the defamation suit filed against her and Dear Author Media Network LLC by Ellora's Cave. You can read more about the suit at Dear Author .

Why a fund?

Because lawsuits are expensive (that's why they're so often used as a threat, if you've ever wondered). Because of that, and because the duration of the litigation is undetermined, Jane will need financial assistance. Jane's attorney, Marc Randazza, is contributing by discounting his hourly rate. Even with a generous discount, it's still expensive.

Jane Litte has set aside $20,000.00 of her own funds to fight this defamation suit and has paid the large retainer out of the fund but that money will be depleted quickly as the case progresses.

If you'd like to donate to the legal fund, you can follow this link to the GoFundMe site, and make your donation. Please note: these are NOT tax deductible donations, as this is NOT a 501(c)3 not-for-profit
entity.

All funds will be used for Jane's legal defense, minus the fees charged by GoFundMe, and because we don't know what the end result will be, we have no way of knowing what the total amount required will be. If there are any funds left over when the suit is finished, they will be donated to the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund ( http://www.spj.org/ldf.asp). 

If the fees do not exceed $20,000, we will attempt to refund the donations per the GoFundMe policies ( http://support.gofundme.com/entries/22603558-How-do-I-issue-a-refund-to-a-donor-). Countries with the following currencies are supported: $ USD, £ GBP, $ CAD, $ AUD and € EUR.

If you'd like to use an alternate method to contribute, there are two options available. First, if you'd like to use a credit card, you can send a contribution via Paypal to jane@dearauthor.com. Please make sure to earmark the funds "Jane Litte/Dear Author Defense Fund." As stated previously, if the total costs for the lawsuit are lower than $20,000.00, Jane will refund the monies donated.

If you'd prefer not to use a credit card, please email Sarah at sarah(AT)smartbitchestrashybooks.com.

Any amount that you can contribute is most appreciated.
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Update 2
Posted by Sarah Wendell
12 months ago
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I want to thank everyone for their support, both moral and financial. I promised at the outset that I would account for the fees and costs of the litigation and that if there was any surplus, we could decide what to do at that point. Unfortunately, there was no surplus. The
fees far exceeded what had been the initial projection.


To date, I have paid the following in fees:


Randazza Law Firm: 115,712.29
Lefton Group: 2,855.00
Expert witness fee: 5,075.00
Brennan, Manna & Diamond: 8,936.06


The total was: $132,578.35


The sum of money received through Go Fund Me (less the handling fee) all went toward the above fees, but unfortunately the contributions did not and could not cover all of the fees incurred up to the settlement. I am so grateful for everything you all did to support
this fund, and given everyone's generosity, I just did not feel comfortable doing another round of fundraising. I should also note that Marc Randazza discounted his normal rate, so while fees were very substantial, they could have been even more.

If anyone is unhappy with the result and would like a refund, please contact me and a refund will be issued immediately with no questions asked. Any requests for a refund will be kept confidential.

Thank you again for your support.
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Update 1
Posted by Sarah Wendell
26 months ago
I am in complete awe - in four days we hit our goal.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated, who spread the word, who tweeted and shared and emailed and generally raised a ruckus to help Jane.

We raised $50,000 in four days. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are absolutely marvelous.
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Kimberley Fischer
12 months ago
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I just hope the settlement (assuming it was in Jane's favor) helped cover the remaining costs. I'd hate to see her so out of pocket for doing what is right and challenging a practice that is detrimental to all authors and author hopefuls.

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Erin Burns
12 months ago

I am glad it is finally over and am sorry it was so much more than expected. It is too bad EC isn't on the hook for those fees.

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Pete Morin
12 months ago

Hi Sarah, no complaints whatsoever. I’m sorry to learn that Jane had to go so deep into her own pockets. I only hope that SHE was happy with the result. Too bad the settlement is confidential!

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Sarah Wendell
20 months ago

Hi Stacy: Per the original post announcing the fund: Jane Litte has set aside $20,000.00 of her own funds to fight this defamation suit and has paid the large retainer out of the fund but that money will be depleted quickly as the case progresses. As for refunding the donations: As stated previously, if the total costs for the lawsuit are lower than $20,000.00, Jane will refund the monies donated. If there are any funds left over when the suit is finished, they will be donated to the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund If the fees do not exceed $20,000, we will attempt to refund the donations per the GoFundMe policies. Countries with the following currencies are supported: $ USD, £ GBP, $ CAD, $ AUD and € EUR. Please feel free to email me if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

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Stacy Bono
20 months ago

So, if you win and get your legal fees and these punitive damages paid for by Ellora's Cave per your counterclaim: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ecda/da-counterclaim.pdf are you going to pay all these people back? What is Jen Gerrish-Lampe contributing?

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$55,086 of $50k goal

Raised by 851 people in 26 months
Created October 01, 2014
$50
Anonymous
14 months ago
$200
Anonymous
15 months ago
$10
Anonymous
15 months ago
JB
$100
Julie Bertrand
15 months ago
$50
Anonymous
15 months ago
BJ
$50
beverly jenkins
15 months ago
$50
Anonymous
15 months ago
LN
$50
Lynn Noworyta
15 months ago

I'm standing with you Jane!

$50
Anonymous
15 months ago
SK
$100
Susanna Kearsley
15 months ago
Kimberley Fischer
12 months ago
2
2

I just hope the settlement (assuming it was in Jane's favor) helped cover the remaining costs. I'd hate to see her so out of pocket for doing what is right and challenging a practice that is detrimental to all authors and author hopefuls.

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Erin Burns
12 months ago

I am glad it is finally over and am sorry it was so much more than expected. It is too bad EC isn't on the hook for those fees.

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Pete Morin
12 months ago

Hi Sarah, no complaints whatsoever. I’m sorry to learn that Jane had to go so deep into her own pockets. I only hope that SHE was happy with the result. Too bad the settlement is confidential!

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Sarah Wendell
20 months ago

Hi Stacy: Per the original post announcing the fund: Jane Litte has set aside $20,000.00 of her own funds to fight this defamation suit and has paid the large retainer out of the fund but that money will be depleted quickly as the case progresses. As for refunding the donations: As stated previously, if the total costs for the lawsuit are lower than $20,000.00, Jane will refund the monies donated. If there are any funds left over when the suit is finished, they will be donated to the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund If the fees do not exceed $20,000, we will attempt to refund the donations per the GoFundMe policies. Countries with the following currencies are supported: $ USD, £ GBP, $ CAD, $ AUD and € EUR. Please feel free to email me if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

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Stacy Bono
20 months ago

So, if you win and get your legal fees and these punitive damages paid for by Ellora's Cave per your counterclaim: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ecda/da-counterclaim.pdf are you going to pay all these people back? What is Jen Gerrish-Lampe contributing?

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