State sues Martinsville book publisher

May 8, 2008
Airleaf LLC, a Martinsville book publisher formerly known as Bookman Publishing LLC, has been sued by Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter for allegedly failing to follow through on agreements to publish and promote customers' books and reimburse royalties.

Included in the suit is Airleaf owner Carl Lau.

Filed in Morgan Circuit Court, the suit seeks as much as $5,000 in penalties per violation. The Attorney General's Office said it is aware of at least 120 Airleaf customers due restitution.

Airleaf's failure to honor the contracts dates to at least January 2006, the Attorney General's Office said today.

The controversy has sparked several Web sites and blogs devoted to criticism of the company and Lau.

Telephone calls placed to the company by IBJ were not answered.

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