Website and Palin book publisher settle dispute

NEW YORK, Nov 24 (BestGrowthStock) – Former U.S. vice presidential
candidate Sarah Palin’s publisher, HarperCollins, and a U.S.
news and gossip website have reached a settlement after it
posted excerpts of her new book before the planned release.

A Manhattan federal judge had ordered Gawker Media’s
website www.gawker.com to remove 21 pages it had posted online
from Palin’s second book “America by Heart: Reflections on
Family, Faith, and Flag,” released on Tuesday.

HarperCollins, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp (NWSA.O: ),
had sued seeking unspecified damages, according to court
documents.

Both sides on Wednesday confirmed a settlement, reached
late on Tuesday.

“In settling the case, Gawker has agreed to keep the posted
material off its website and not to post the material again in
the future,” HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum said in a
statement.

Gawker.com editor Remy Stern said the dispute “generated a
good deal of press for Ms. Palin’s book in advance of its
publication.”

“Now that the book is out and destined to appear on the
bestseller list, we’re pleased that HarperCollins proposed
settling this case as is, thus avoiding lengthy litigation for
both sides,” Stern said.

The former Alaska governor has signaled she may run for the
Republican presidential nomination in 2012, saying last week
that she thinks she could beat President Barack Obama.

Palin’s first book, “Going Rogue,” has sold more than 2.2
million copies and the staunch proponent of the conservative
Tea Party movement has begun a 16-stop tour to promote the new
book.

The book tour coincides with an eight-part TV series on the
TLC network called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” which promotes the
scenic wonders of her home state and stars Palin and her
family.
(Reporting by Basil Katz, editing By Christine Kearney)

Website and Palin book publisher settle dispute