Thursday, August 16, 2018

Omarosa's publisher defends her legal rights to sell her book tell the truthful story, regardless of any "non-disparagement" clause

Simon and Shuster is defending its right to continue publication of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s book “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” (Gallery imprint, 366 pages). 

The publisher says that former government employees have the legal right to make truthful but critical statements about their leadership after they leave employment, regardless of any “private” non-disparagement clause. 

The administration wanted to stop the public from being able to get the book.  I haven’t decided yet on whether I have time for it.

But the situation reminds me of the "bad reviews" problem, where providers (often medical) proscribe patients or customers from talking negatively about them on review sites even if the claims are true.  These contracts sound legally questionable, and may depend on state law. 

Carlos Lozada has a (Washington Post) discussion of  “sycophantic” pro-Trump books that turn on themselves as they are being read, once the authors believe that the victory against the elite will be hollow indeed  

NBC News also has a story about the exorbitant original job offer to Omarosa from Lara Trump during the campaign, with a secret tape release, here

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