How Consumers Digest continues to stiff freelance writers
Syndicated personal finance columnist Chuck Jaffe writes about how Consumers Digest has still not paid freelancers — including himself — who wrote for the publication the money that it owes them.
Jaffe writes, “Not wanting to throw good money after bad – because Consumers Digest was barely float – I found a lawyer who took the case on contingency; he felt that the information I provided, including still-active bank account numbers, gave us a shot.
“We were not, however, the fastest gun.
“Several other writers got there first (including Debra Borchardt, who fought the case personally and wrote about her victory here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-sued-consumers-digest-won-debra-borchardt/?trackingId=%2BrjLCgnxy31UVV6yhmcT6A%3D%3D), and the money dried up before we could certify our claim.
“The National Writers Union in May 2018 got Consumers Digest to sign a payment agreement for the full 63 grand of the freelancers’ contracts, but my Illinois lawyer told me to stay out of that suit since I had an enforceable judgment before the case was filed. Consumers Digest, apparently, never honored the agreement or paid those writers a dime.”
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