> Unfortunately, for writers in these situations, there is not much recourse. According to Jonathan Kirsch, a publishing industry attorney, lawsuits are not the answer for everyone, or even most people. "When I started out [in law], people would say a $20,000 claim cannot be litigated in a cost-effective way. Today, I wonder if a $100,000 claim can be litigated in a cost-effective way. So that’s one issue. It’s just expensive."
This is just one of the things i really hate about capitalism (and it's not specific to the publishing industry): in our modern-day environment, we have little power to protect ourselves against richer/more powerful entities. Basically, whoever has more money wins; and this deeply saddens me.
On that note, what if our best lawyers became public defenders? What if we petitioned our government to make that job extremely high-paying and extremely competitive? It seems like a small edit to the system, that would create an immense amount of good.
Then again, on a more controversial level, what if actual human rights started vanishing as you crossed wealth thresholds? Would people and companies still want to be billionaires if that meant losing the right to vote?
No problem there. Use your money to make other people vote for your stuff. That's what's happening already anyway.