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Rooney book goes on sale despite legal warning

8th June 2010

John Sweeney's biography of Wayne Rooney, entitled Rooney's Gold, has gone on sale despite a legal warning from law firm Schillings.

The firm, which represents Rooney, put pressure on the book's publisher, Biteback, as well as on a number of retailers.

Rooney's Gold was originally taken on by Century, however, the firm backed out of the deal after describing the book as 'unsuitable'.

Some retailers have approached Biteback asking for indemnity after Schillings reminded them of their legal obligations if action was taken against Sweeney or his publisher.

Iain Dale, owner of Biteback, reluctantly agreed to the deal, clearing the retailers of any liability if legal action commences.

Commenting on the legal wranglings, Dale said that the firm had no choice. He added: 'If publishers accede to threats like this it effectively means that no one can write a celebrity biography any longer unless it is a complete hagiography.

'Our libel laws are allowing the likes of Schillings to threaten, bully and intimidate authors and publishers into abandoning perfectly legitimate books for fear of their whole company's existence coming under threat.'

In 2008, Rooney was successfully sued by Everton manager David Moyes over accusations made in the England footballer's biography My Story So Far.

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