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Stephen King the Subject of a New York Breach of Contract Suit

Posted on Jan 01, 2016

The former lawyer of famed novelist Stephen King filed a lawsuit against King’s literary agents in New York’s Supreme Court. The attorney, Jay Kramer, represented the author for more than 30 years. He alleges that the agents, Arthur B. Greene and Susan Greene, both of the Arthur B. Greene Literary Agency, convinced King to fire him and have since withheld his commission on projects related to the novelist’s work. 

In his lawsuit, Kramer presents the following arguments:

  • That he helped to broker lucrative deals for King
  • That he was fired in March of 2012 
  • That his termination came at the recommendation of King’s agents
  • That he was denied commissions on past and future projects that he is owed under the terms of the agreement between himself and King
  • That Susan Greene stated that she would not pay Kramer the commissions unless he was willing to negotiate with her regarding those payments

Kramer further alleges that the agents are guilty of the following:

  • Conversion of commissions for work performed
  • Breach of contract for work performed
  • Quantum merit/unjust enrichment
  • Tortuous interference with contract
  • Tortuous interference with prospective economic gain

Kramer’s claims relate to commissions associated with projects such as the film and television productions of “1408,” “Secret Window,” “The Shawshank Connection,” and “The Stand.” The claims also relate to commissions for negotiations of future projects, including “The Dark Tower” and “Sun Dog.”  He is seeking a minimum of $1 million for each claim.

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