Mark Meadows Faces Legal Action from Publisher Over Contract Dispute

by Lucas Garcia
Meadows lawsuit publisher

Mark Meadows, the ex-Chief of Staff at the White House, is the subject of a lawsuit by his publishing house, accusing him of a contract violation related to his book’s assertions about the 2020 election outcome.

All Seasons Press is pursuing legal action against Meadows for what they claim are contradictions between his book, “The Chief’s Chief,” which promotes the narrative that the 2020 election was wrongfully taken from ex-President Donald Trump, and Meadows’ subsequent sworn statements.

The suit, initiated this past Friday in Sarasota, Florida, draws upon recent media revelations that purportedly show Meadows acknowledged President Trump’s defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.

The legal filing contends that “Meadows’ statements to the Special Prosecutor or his team, as well as those made during grand jury proceedings, are directly at odds with his published work.” The book prominently argues the premise that “President Trump was the rightful victor of the 2020 Presidential Election, which was ‘stolen’ and ‘rigged’ with assistance from ‘partners in the liberal media,'” the documents allege.

No immediate response was provided by Meadows’ legal representative, George Terwilliger, when asked to comment.

The publisher, All Seasons, maintains that Meadows’ actions have negatively impacted both book sales and the firm’s standing. The company, established in 2021 and known for its conservative leanings, is demanding Meadows repay the $350,000 advance and is further seeking damages in excess of $1 million.

Sales figures from Circana, which monitors a majority of the print market, indicate “The Chief’s Chief” has sold approximately 23,000 copies, with most sales occurring in 2021 during the book’s release. All Seasons asserts they sold about 60,000 copies from a 200,000 print run.

Special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack by Trump supporters also envelops Meadows. A recent report from ABC News claimed Meadows received immunity from Smith and testified that allegations of voter fraud were unfounded and he was aware that Trump did not triumph.

The publisher’s lawsuit suggests that “if these media reports are accurate, then Meadows has admitted under oath to publishing falsehoods in his book.”

This legal action by All Seasons is noteworthy, hinging on media reports rather than firsthand knowledge of Meadows’ testimony and on purported factual inaccuracies in the book. Fact-checking manuscripts is not a common practice among publishers, who typically rely on the authors to ensure accuracy, with greater concerns traditionally centered on issues such as plagiarism or an author’s behavior rather than content accuracy.

Meadows has entered a plea of not guilty in Georgia on charges related to attempts to alter the state’s 2020 election results. His bid to transfer the case to federal jurisdiction was rejected by a judge in September.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Meadows lawsuit publisher

What are the allegations against Mark Meadows in the All Seasons Press lawsuit?

All Seasons Press alleges that Mark Meadows contradicted statements in his book “The Chief’s Chief” through sworn testimony, where he reportedly acknowledged that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, undermining the book’s claim that the election was stolen.

What is All Seasons Press seeking through the lawsuit against Mark Meadows?

All Seasons Press is seeking the return of the $350,000 advance paid to Meadows and additional damages over $1 million, claiming that Meadows’ actions harmed the book’s sales and the publisher’s reputation.

What does “The Chief’s Chief” claim about the 2020 Presidential Election?

“The Chief’s Chief” asserts that the 2020 Presidential Election was “stolen” and “rigged,” and supports the idea that Donald Trump was the true winner, a claim that has been widely disputed and contradicted by official election results and numerous court rulings.

How many copies of “The Chief’s Chief” were sold, according to All Seasons Press?

All Seasons Press claims that approximately 60,000 copies of the book were sold out of a printing of 200,000. Circana, a market research firm, tracks around 85% of the print market and indicates roughly 23,000 copies were sold.

What is unusual about the All Seasons Press case against Mark Meadows?

The case is unusual because it is based on media reports rather than direct knowledge of Meadows’ testimony and focuses on alleged factual inaccuracies in a book. Publishers typically do not fact-check manuscripts and rely on authors for accuracy, focusing more commonly on plagiarism or the author’s conduct.

Has Mark Meadows responded to the charges in the lawsuit?

As of the information provided, Mark Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the lawsuit filed by All Seasons Press.

What are the ramifications of the reported immunity granted to Mark Meadows by Special Counsel Jack Smith?

If media reports are accurate, the immunity granted to Meadows could mean that he provided testimony that conflicts with the narrative of his book, potentially admitting under oath to publishing known falsehoods, which is central to the publisher’s lawsuit.

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Greg87 November 7, 2023 - 7:24 am

all seasons press must be regretting that 350k advance, ouch, thats gotta hurt the bottom line, specially with those sales numbers.

John Smith November 7, 2023 - 5:42 pm

Well looks like Meadows is in hot water, didnt think the publisher would take it this far though. lawsuits over book content? thats a new one…

Sara O'Conner November 7, 2023 - 6:25 pm

wasn’t there a lot of talk about this book when it first came out, how come the sales were so low, did the publisher overestimate the interest?

Emily Jackson November 8, 2023 - 12:57 am

Can’t believe only 23,000 copies sold, that’s not much for a book with such bold claims, is it true about what he said in court?

Mike_H November 8, 2023 - 3:02 am

so the publishers are now fact-checking after the fact… seems like they missed the boat on that one. and now they want their money back, irony?


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