Biting the hand that feeds it.
I’m not naming names, but anyone who follows Slashdot knows that a very big publishing corporation is suing an author for contractual violations. Her violation? Taking a completely different book to get published on Amazon.
Sure $20000 is a relatively small steak, but the big stakes here are authors leaving the publishing corp’s for nicer pastures. The publishers know this, but instead of going after Amazon, another big company that can afford expensive lawyers, they’re going after their income producer.
I don’t think it’s very smart at all. If I was a big publishing corp, afraid of my revenue going to a different publisher, I would offer my revenue generators [aka “Authors”] better incentives to stay.
Suing your revenue generators is only incentive for them to leave.
Get a clue, publishing corp’s. This may be your last warning.