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Fort Worth Schoolteacher's ‘Fifty Shades' Royalty Dispute Settled for $1.7 Million

A Texas woman has reached a settlement with a former business partner who she claims defrauded her of her share of the multimillion sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels.

Citing court records, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Jennifer Pedroza will receive at least $1.7 million.

The settlement sets aside a judge's earlier ruling that awarded Pedroza $11.5 million in royalties and interest.

The Fort Worth schoolteacher operated an e-book business with others including Australian Amanda Hayward, and that business was the first to publish "Fifty Shades of Grey."

A jury last year determined that Hayward cut Pedroza out of her share of the ensuing $40 million sale of the EL James trilogy to Random House.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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