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Action Lab Entertainment Comic Creator Contracts Class Action

Action Lab Entertainment (ALE), the defendant in this class action (along with Brian Seaton, its CEO or publishher), sells comics, in digital or print form. The plaintiffs are a considerable group of creators of comics who have signed agreements with ALE and who now want to have those agreements dissolved or voided. The complaint claims this is because ALE made promises, such as the promise to put the creators’ work into print form, but has not delivered on those promises.

The class for this action is all persons who signed publishing or licensing agreements with ALE.

ALE gave each creator a handbook, the complaint alleges, which set forth certain promises made by ALE, for example, that it would put their work into print form, that it would market and promote their works, and that it would report sales and income for the work on a quarterly basis. However, the complaint alleges that it did not keep these promises—for example, that it did not put a large number of projects into print, did not market or promote the projects, and did not give creators quarterly reports.

The complaint alleges that some creators have not been paid for months or even years, and that when creators have complained about this, “ALE has seen fit to unpublish digitally published comics rather than make payments to creators…”

The list of other failures that the complaint presents is long.

For example, ALE failed to pay one creator page rates, the complaint claims, “which meant he had to incur debt to pay for the books and work on spec” to turn out a comic for an unpaid cost of $25,000.

As another example, another creator claimed that his first volume print release was delayed for more than six months. “As a result,” the complaint alleges, “big outlets like amazon.com kept canceling people’s preorders on those books, removing the book from the site completely. There would be two to three week stretches where no one could even find a place to preorder the book.”

The complaint also claims that ALE had excessive numbers of copies printed, did not promote to acknowledge awards won, ruined creator promotions with erratic release dates, did not provide full accounting of expenses or sales, closed offices without reason or notice, and did not answer communications.

The counts include breach of contract and fraud and ask for a declaratory judgment that ALE has breached its agreements and has no further rights to publish or otherwise do anything with the creators’ works.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Contract

Most Recent Case Event

Action Lab Entertainment Comic Creator Contracts Complaint

January 31, 2022

Action Lab Entertainment (ALE), the defendant in this class action (along with Brian Seaton, its CEO or publishher), sells comics, in digital or print form. The plaintiffs are a considerable group of creators of comics who have signed agreements with ALE and who now want to have those agreements dissolved or voided. The complaint claims this is because ALE made promises, such as the promise to put the creators’ work into print form, but has not delivered on those promises.

Action Lab Entertainment Comic Creator Contracts Complaint

Case Event History

Action Lab Entertainment Comic Creator Contracts Complaint

January 31, 2022

Action Lab Entertainment (ALE), the defendant in this class action (along with Brian Seaton, its CEO or publishher), sells comics, in digital or print form. The plaintiffs are a considerable group of creators of comics who have signed agreements with ALE and who now want to have those agreements dissolved or voided. The complaint claims this is because ALE made promises, such as the promise to put the creators’ work into print form, but has not delivered on those promises.

Action Lab Entertainment Comic Creator Contracts Complaint
Tags: Breach of Contract, Intellectual Property, Violating terms of prospectus or contract