The Pern Dispute
Questions & Answers
Update: 10/04/05 We just returned from Archon 29 in Collinsville, IL. When we arrived there we were informed that Katz had sent another of his Cease & Desist letters to the convention threatening to sue them if they allowed us to vend there. Fortunately, Rich & Michelle Zellich who run Archon are much classier people than Patrick Henry at Dragon*Con. We had a quick discussion and proceeded to vend as planned, including the Pern merchandise which we almost sold out of what we'd brought. Archon did not get involved in the dispute.
A rather interesting thing did happen, Bill Fawcett was one of the Guests of Honor at this convention. He stopped by our booth 3 separate times to see how things were going. The last time, he told my wife that he'd given us a plug in one of his panel discussions to get more people to check out our goods. This was kind of him to offer. Word-of-mouth is a vital component in the success of many businesses. Most people discover their favorite products and places through recommendations from friends and family. It is the best kind of publicity. I've queried him in an email about this but have no reply as of yet.
Update: 9/13/05 Got a call today from the folks at Science Fiction Chronicle, apparently they're doing an article too!
Update: SciFi's Newswire just came out with an article on this whole mess. Not 100% accurate but they got the jist of it. They keep moving the link to it so I've just copied it here.
Update: I've added a Questions & Answers page to the site.
Update: Aug. 24th, 2005, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have seen fit to publish libelous statements about me. I am currently in discussion with our legal advisors as to what steps to take. Seems that instead of the McCaffrey family contacting me and trying to work this out as adults, they've decided to let this organization slander me. Despite the fact that they persuaded Patrick Henry, the Chair for Dragon*Con to ban me from that event, I'd thought things had quieted down and they'd decided to leave this all alone. Guess not, since John Barnes of SFWA informed me that 2 months ago Anne McCaffrey filed a formal grievance against me.
I've attempted to contact Todd McCaffrey directly, we'll see what comes of that.
I'm also considering re-filing the original lawsuit in Atlanta where the question of jurisdiction is moot. I do appreciate Patrick Henry's assistance in proving our case for loss of revenue. I get the feeling he'll be involved in the re-filed suit.
Update: The suit was dismissed on lack of jurisdiction here, we should have filed it in Atlanta. The attorney I had, has been dismissed from the case.
Below are the documents concerning Case#03-052124-CZ.
Steven C. Austin, Plaintiff V. Anne McCaffrey, Defendant.
This suit was filed in Oakland County 6th Judicial Court, Pontiac, Michigan on August 26th, 2003.
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The Legal Filing
Exhibit A Page 1, Page 2
Exhibit C Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
Exhibit D Page 1, Page2
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