Posted on November 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A writer who adapted two Star Wars movie scripts into novels is suing Disney over royalties (or the lack thereof).

Alan Dean Foster, who also wrote novelizations of three Alien movies, says Disney hasn’t paid him royalties over any of those books.

Disney purchased LucasFilm in 2012 and 20th Century Fox (which produced the Alien trilogy) in 2019.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is assisting Foster, and several prominent writers, including NK Jemisin, are joining his calls — so far not responded to publicly — for Disney to pay up.

You can read more about Foster’s claims in the Guardian, which has contacted Disney for comment, and you can read his public letter to the company at The Digital Reader.

And the New York Times also recently learned about an older literary lawsuit.

The White House asked the Justice Department to investigate a paperwork dispute between it and former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, the day after news about her tell-all memoir broke.

According to the New York Times, Manigault Newman had told her former employer that she needed specific records in order to fill out a legally mandated report; during the back-and-forth over providing those records, the world learned about the then-forthcoming Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.

The next day, emails “regarding authorization to communicate with the Office of the White House Counsel and discussing options for whether a lawsuit should be filed or not” began popping up; Manigault Newman also faced legal action for supposedly violating a nondisclosure agreement.

You can read more legal details as well as how journalists found out about them in the NY Times.

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