It would seem that the Aguinda case I wrote about last week in relation to the new book by Paul Barrett is continuing to provide intrigue with Stephen Donzinger, the lawyer at the heart of the case, issuing a defamation suit against the author.
According to Donzinger, the book “contains improperly sourced and possibly plagiarized material, is replete with factual inaccuracies, describes events that did not occur, and in other ways promotes information known by Barrett to be false and defamatory.”
He then lists the many things he things he considers are wrong with the book – some of which a recent commentor on my original review post highlighted (thanks fro bringing this letter to my attention), before concluding “I hereby demand that prior to publication of Law of the Jungle the defamatory assertions be corrected and that you engage with me and my counsel to allow us to show you further evidence of Barrett’s errors, improper sourcing, personal animus, and other problems with the book that result in harm to my reputation. Given the impending publication date, and the fact that
numerous galley copies are circulating such that I am being caused actual harm, I must insist these issues be addressed forthwith.”
It will be interesting to see if the book’s publishers act at all, or whether they just rely on this as additional free publicity that will, rightly or wrongly, most likely increase initial sales of the book.