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‘Three Cups of Tea’ lawsuit rejected

1 May 2012

From CBS News:

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a civil lawsuit against author Greg Mortenson, calling claims “flimsy and speculative” that the humanitarian and his publisher lied in his best-selling “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools” books to boost sales.

The lawsuit by four people who bought Mortenson’s books claimed that they were cheated out of about $15 each because the books were labeled as nonfiction accounts of how Mortenson came to build schools in central Asia. They had asked U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon to order Mortenson and publisher Penguin Group (USA) to refund all the money collected from Mortenson’s book sales.

The readers from Montana, California and Illinois filed the lawsuit after “60 Minutes” and author Jon Krakauer reported last year that Mortenson fabricated parts of those books.

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The lawsuit claimed, as did the Krakauer and “60 Minutes” report, that Mortenson fabricated that story and others in the book and its sequel, “Stones Into Schools.”

Mortenson has denied any wrongdoing, though he has acknowledged some of the events in “Three Cups of Tea” were compressed over different periods of time.

Link to the rest at CBS News

From what PG has read, it appears likely that the author did fabricate parts of his books. However, a suit asking for a refund is just weird.

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5 Comments to “‘Three Cups of Tea’ lawsuit rejected”

  1. Instead of asking for a refund, they should just leave negative reviews on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. Much more effective.

  2. Michael Matewauk

    Somewhere out here in Seattle Mike Daisey is sighing a huge sigh of relief.*

    *I may or may not be making this up

  3. Somewhere some time ago, you said something that turned out to be an error. I want my 5 minutes back.

  4. I never understood why Jon Krakauer attacked Greg Mortenson for this. What the hell? Mortenson does good work; he did not deserve this BS, this attack.

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