MANHATTAN (CN) – A successful author of pop-up books sued book packager White Heat, asking the Federal Court to enjoin it from representing him, or purporting to represent him, pending arbitration.
Robert Sabuda describes himself as “one of the preeminent and most recognized children’s pop-up book authors in the United States. His books have appeared on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller lists and have received widespread popular and critical acclaim. To date, Plaintiff has written and published over one hundred (100) children’s pop-up and picture books in various languages throughout the world.”
Sabuda claims White Heat failed to provide him with royalty accounts in July 2007. He claims the Texas-based book packager acknowledged its default, but “indicated that it desired and intended to continue to act on behalf of Plaintiff.”
Sabuda prefers not: “Plaintiff terminated the Agreements pursuant to the terms thereunder and requested that Defendant cease and desist from undertaking any actions or steps on behalf of Plaintiff as they relate to the Works. Defendant has not acknowledged such request by Plaintiff or confirmed that it is not authorized to represent or act on behalf of Plaintiff or in regard to the Works. Plaintiff has also not received any royalties or accounting statements as required under the Agreements.
Plaintiff has proceeded to make alternate marketing and publishing decisions regarding to Works, including having another company begin to represent Plaintiff’s interests in the Works.”
Sabuda is represented by Peter Moulinos.