Wizards of the Coast faces lawsuit from Dragonlance authors

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2020 | Business Disputes |

Some Pennsylvania fans of the “Dragonlance” series of novels may be aware that Wizards of the Coast, its publisher, has experienced several public relations problems recently in regards to its “Magic: The Gathering” and “Dungeons & Dragons” franchises. There has also been an accusation of workplace hostility. The company is now facing a lawsuit that was filed on October 16 by two authors regarding breach of contract in association with the “Dragonlance” series.

Unrelated disputes

The authors are seeking over $10 million in damages after the company canceled a trilogy set in the “Dragonlance” universe on which the two were collaborating. They negotiated a licensing agreement with the company in 2017 that included an agreement with the publisher Del Rey. The writers had finished one book, which had been approved, and completed the draft of a second one. According to the lawsuit, Wizards of the Coast canceled the agreement because of disputes involving separate and unrelated properties.

Series cancellation

The writers had already made several requested and approved revisions to the first book when the series was canceled on August 13. The lawsuit says that Wizards of the Coast and its parent company, Hasbro, decided to cancel the “Dragonlance” series to prevent any further criticism and not because of the work itself or actions of the authors. This caused them harm and distress.

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