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Md. Publisher Sued for Allegedly Duping Authors

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A class-action lawsuit claims Frederick-based PublishAmerica has deceived authors with false marketing claims that included offering access to "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling.

PublishAmerica denies the allegations.

Three authors filed the complaint June 8 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They allege the company charges its authors for promotional services that in many cases are not delivered.

The complaint alleges PublishAmerica offered to bring its authors' works to Rowling's attention at a 2011 book festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a $49 fee. The lawsuit says Rowling denied any participation in the offer.

The festival organizers allegedly sent the company a cease & desist letter.

PublishAmerica is a print-on-demand publisher founded in 1999. Its website says it has published books by more than 45,000 authors.

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