The New York Times offered an interesting story recently about attempts by Mr. Frey’s publishers to stop the bleeding. However, based on the New York Times article, the Publishers may have done more harm than good.
According to the Times, the two men, including a state judge from Louisiana who in June was convicted of mail fraud, were identified by Mr. Frey’s publishers to confirm the descriptions in his book.
This came in response to comments from former employees of Hazelden, the Minnesota rehabilitation center reportedly attended by Mr. Frey, who have said his portrayal of his experience there was false and misleading.
The California Court of Appeals, in Keimer v. Buena Vista Books, Inc., held that commercial misrepresentations are not shielded by the First Amendment. For more information about the class action filed in the Western District of Washington, feel free to contact us.
The Times reports that the men attended a Minnesota drug and alcohol rehabilitation center with Mr. Frey. In interviews the men explained they believe his overall description of his experience at treatment was accurate but added that they could not corroborate many of the specifics in Mr. Frey’s book.
The full New York Times article appears at the following link: Publisher Offers Witnesses to Disputed Addiction Book.
InjuryBoard partner Napoli Bern in New York City has also filed a class action lawsuit against Random House in New York. Marc Bern was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal Article regarding this suit.