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Information About Suntrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Company

May 9, 2002

Contact: Lori Glazer
Houghton Mifflin Company

Settlement Reached Regarding The Wind Done Gone

BOSTON - Houghton Mifflin Company and the Stephens Mitchell Trusts have jointly authorized the release of this statement. Although the case between them has been returned by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to the Federal District Court for a jury trial of issues of fact and is awaiting trial, Houghton Mifflin and the Mitchell Trusts have agreed to bring to an end their litigation involving Houghton Mifflin's publication of Alice Randall's novel, The Wind Done Gone. Both sides continue to maintain the correctness of their respective legal positions taken since the outset of the litigation. The parties have entered into a confidential settlement agreement under which the novel The Wind Done Gone will continue in distribution labeled "An Unauthorized Parody", and a financial contribution will be made at the Mitchell Trusts' request to Morehouse College on behalf of Houghton Mifflin, but the rights of the Parties are reserved with respect to the future creation or publication of dramatic or any other adaptations of the book, including motion pictures, television movies or miniseries, sequels, prequels, and stage productions. The rights of Alice Randall with respect to any such adaptations of the book are not affected by the settlement.

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Suntrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Company Court Papers

Houghton Mifflin Company's Press Statements

Questions and Answers about this dispute
Letter of Support
List of Authors
Biography of Alice Randall

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