updated: 5/8/2008 10:52:22 AM

State Sues Martinsville Publisher and Promoter

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The Indiana Attorney General is suing Martinsville book publisher and promoter Airleaf, LLC. Steve Carter accuses the company of taking money without providing promised services. He says more than 120 people are named in the lawsuit including many Indiana residents who lost thousands of dollars. The legal action has been filed in Morgan Circuit Court and alleges Airleaf, formerly known as Bookman Marketing, LLC violated Indiana's Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.

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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter has filed a lawsuit against book publisher and promoter Airleaf, LLC for taking money without providing the promised services in return. The lawsuit is seeking consumer restitution for at least 120 customers.

"More than 120 people are named in the lawsuit, including many from Indiana who lost thousands of dollars,” said Carter. “In fact, hundreds more may have lost money. They paid for services. Airleaf did not deliver, and now, those consumers deserve refunds.”

The lawsuit, filed in the Morgan Circuit Court, alleges Airleaf, formerly known as Bookman Marketing, LLC, and its owner, Carl Lau, violated Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. It states that the company advertised that it would provide book publishing, royalty reimbursement and promotional services to consumers in exchange for payment. The promotional services included in-person participation at book fairs, presentations to Hollywood movie producers, and newspaper, radio and television advertisements.

The lawsuit alleges that Airleaf accepted payment but failed to honor all, or part, of the Client Service Agreements and other agreements, dating back to at least January 2006. It also states than Lau used Airleaf assets and consumer payments to cover expenses unrelated to the business, and that Lau continued to solicit business and accept payments months after he indicated that Airleaf was insolvent.

In addition to consumer restitution, the attorney general’s office is seeking civil penalties of up to $5,500 per violation, as well as investigative costs.

Source: Office of the Attorney General

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