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Updated: Tue., Feb. 1, 2011, 10:23 PM 

$5M suit over Jimmy Carter’s 'Palestine' book

Last Updated: 10:23 PM, February 1, 2011

Posted: 10:22 PM, February 1, 2011

They want more than just peanuts.

A group of disgruntled
readers filed a $5 million-plus suit against former President Jimmy
Carter today over his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

The
Manhattan federal court filing claims the 2006 best-seller "is filled
with demonstrable falsehoods, omissions and knowing misrepresentations
intended to promote Carter’s agenda of anti-Israel propaganda."

The
class-action suit charges the Nobel Peace Prize winner and publisher
Simon & Schuster with breach of contract, unjust enrichment and
deceit for promoting the $27 hard-cover "as a work of non-fiction."

"This
lawsuit challenges the defendants’ actions in attempting to capitalize
on Carter’s status as a former president of the United States to mislead
unsuspecting members of the reading public who thought they could trust
their former president to tell the truth," court papers say.

Carter’s
press secretary didn’t return a request for comment, but Simon &
Schuster called the suit "frivolous" and "without merit."

"It is a chilling attack on free speech that we intend to defend vigorously," spokesman Adam Rothberg said.

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 Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

President Carter named in $5 million lawsuit over his "Palestine" book

By
Stephen Lowman

cartercover.jpgMore
than four years after its publication, five disgruntled readers have
filed a class-action lawsuit against President Jimmy Carter and his
publisher, Simon & Schuster, alleging that his 2006 book “Palestine
Peace Not Apartheid” contained “numerous false and knowingly misleading
statements intended to promote the author's agenda of anti-Israel
propaganda and to deceive the reading public instead of presenting
accurate information as advertised.”

The five plaintiffs named in the lawsuit are seeking at least $5 million in compensation. The hard cover edition cost $27.

The
suit accuses Carter and his publisher of violating New York consumer
protection laws because they engaged in “deceptive acts in the course of
conducting business” and alleges that they sought enrichment by
promoting the book “as a work of non-fiction.”

In a press release, one of the attorneys, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
stated: "The lawsuit will expose all the falsehoods and
misrepresentations in Carter's book and prove that his hatred of Israel
has led him to commit this fraud on the public. He is entitled to his
opinions but deceptions and lies have no place in works of history."

Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said in a
statement sent to The Washington Post: “This lawsuit is frivolous,
without merit, and is a transparent attempt by the plaintiffs, despite
their contentions, to punish the author, a Nobel Peace prize winner and
world-renowned statesmen, and his publisher, for writing and publishing a
book with which the plaintiffs simply disagree. It is a chilling attack
on free speech that we intend to defend vigorously.”

Requests for comment from Carter’s spokeswoman were not immediately returned.

From the outset, Carter’s book was criticized in some quarters for being one-sided. For instance, in his review for The Washington Post, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:

“Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is being marketed as a work of
history, but an honest book would, when assessing the reasons why the
conflict festers, blame not only the settlements but also take
substantial note of the fact that the Arabs who surround Israel have
launched numerous wars against it, all meant to snuff it out of
existence.”

The suit, Unterberg et al v. Jimmy Carter et al, was filed
yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
York. Its attorneys say this is first time a president and publisher
have been sued for violating consumer protection laws.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

By
Stephen Lowman
| February 2, 2011; 2:30 PM ET