PLEASE READ THESE FACTS FIRST:

  • Random House sued ME; not the other way around.
  • Random House filed suit to silence the facts I was posting on the web.
  • There has been NO trial on the facts, only the Random House effort to prevent a trial.
  • The only sworn statements made under penalty of perjury are affidavits from me and my experts, nothing from RH.
  • The judge refused to consider any expert analysis.
  • Despite suing me first, Random House & Sony UNsuccessfully demanded that I pay the $310,000 in legal fees they spent to sue me.
  • Contrary to the Random House spin, I am not alleging plagiarism of general issues, but of several hundred very specific ones.
  • This is not about money. Anything I win goes to charity.

Legal filings and the expert witness reports are HERE

I have a second blog, Writopia
which focuses on Dan Brown's pattern of falsehoods
and embellishment of his personal achievements.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Q. When Is A Thriller NOT a Thriller?

A. When Random House gets cornered and is struggling to make a point.

In every one of Random House's filings to date -- except for their April 22, 2005 filing, they have correctly referred to The Da Vinci Code and my works as "thrillers."

As pointed out on page 12 of my Rule 56 Counterstatement (numbers 137 and 151 and), Random House made assertions of what was and was not "typical" in a thriller WITHOUT submitting ANY legally acceptable evidence to corroborate their statements. This practice, which as you can see from looking at the filing, covers nearly every statement they made, violates the rules of evidence.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Instead of adopting their "from the hip," hearsay tactics, we introduced expert evidence demonstrating that substantial amounts of what Random House said was typical of a thriller, WASN'T typical at all.

So, how did they deal with that? Change the genre!!

If you look pages 16 (line 4) and 17 (line 6) of their April 22, 2005 filing, they have taken to calling these "historical novels."

I suppose that if we introduce evidence that these similarities are not typical of historical novels, Random House will start calling things science fiction. But the similarities STILL won't fit the "typical" mold.

Why do they need to continually resort to these intellectually dishonest tactics?

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