The New York State Supreme Court rejects Simon & Schuster’s motion to dismiss Milo Yiannopoulos’ $10 million lawsuit against the publisher.
On Thursday, the New York State Supreme Court ruled in favour of Milo Yiannopoulos, rejecting Simon & Schuster’s motion to dismiss the $10 million lawsuit. The case will now move on to the discovery phase.
Milo sued S&S after they dropped his book, Dangerous, due to political pressure back in February. The lawsuit seeks at least $10 million in damages and disgorgement of profits the publisher earned by dropping Dangerous.
Milo took to social media to share his thoughts on the ruling:
“I’m happy that the court recognized my case deserves to be heard. As we expose Simon & Schuster’s despicable and cowardly decisions to the world, it will be a lesson to all publishers that you can’t breach contracts with conservatives just because Leftists get angry and send you mean emails, and because liberal bloggers are disappointed in you.”
Many on the left disagreed with S&S giving Milo a platform. Chicago Review Of Books said they wouldn’t review any of S&S’s new books after they signed on Mr. Yiannopoulos.
“I wanted Simon & Schuster to know that broadcasting his rhetoric would have real-world consequences. So I made a decision that has nothing to do with political ideology and everything to do with human rights and decency: the Chicago Review of Books will not cover a single Simon & Schuster book,” Adam Morgan, editor-in-chief of the Chicago Review of Books, wrote in a statement.
Dangerous was published by Dangerous Books on July 4 and within a day the book rose to the top of Amazon’s best-sellers list.
Simon & Schuster released a statement after the court ruling: “Today’s ruling was purely in connection with a preliminary procedural motion, and was not an adjudication on the merits of Yiannopoulos’ claims. As we proceed to discovery, we remain confident that we will ultimately prevail in this matter.”
However, the attorney representing Milo disagrees.
“Simon & Schuster’s whole strategy in defending against our lawsuit was to stop it before it ever started. They recognize that discovery will reveal their pretextual bad faith cancellation of Dangerous through emails, memos, and texts. I look forward to moving on to that phase of the case.”