Posted by Mr. Q at 6:00 AM Thursday, May 10, 2012
defames your reputation, makes use of your name to endorse a product without your permission, or subjects you to emotional distress (or some similar claim), you can pursue the publisher. The real author may have different claims. For example, the contract between author and publisher may have requirements for attribution and this snafu may result in a material breach. Alternatively, the author may claim a false designation under the Lanham Act, or under some circumstances, copyright infringement. In cases involving famous authors, "errors" like these cause class action lawyers to salivate.