Welcome to the Cengage Unlimited and MindTap Litigation Informational Webpage
Cengage Learning (“Cengage”) is accused of violating the terms of its publishing agreements with authors by underpaying royalties on textbook sales associated with two of Cengage’s online offerings: MindTap and Cengage Unlimited. Click here to see the Class Action Complaint.
MindTap is an electronic version of the student textbook with multimedia capabilities and other materials (e.g., highlighting tool and quizzes). In computing royalties owed to authors for MindTap sales, the lawsuit alleges that Cengage has improperly manipulated the calculation of net receipts (i.e., the royalty base) by deeming as much as 50 percent of every MindTap sale non-royalty-bearing revenue. See Class Action Complaint paragraphs 34-40 for more information.
Cengage Unlimited is a subscription service through which students purchase all works available on the platform for a flat fee of $119.99 per semester. As with MindTap, the lawsuit alleges that Cengage does not do what the contracts require: calculate royalties based on net receipts from sales. Instead, it is alleged that Cengage uses a formula that it made-up, calculating royalties based on the use of the textbook in the platform and an arbitrary determination of the “relative value” of a particular textbook, factors found nowhere in the contracts. See Class Action Complaint paragraphs 41-45 for more information.
Susman Godfrey has been appointed interim class counsel to represent the interests of the proposed class.
If you would like more information about this lawsuit, or would like to become involved, you can email interim class counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact one of the following attorneys: Chanler Langham, Steven Sklaver, Kalpana Srinivasan, and Rohit Nath.