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Rowling's lawyer fined

on January 03, 2014 10:20 AM

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowling’s secret thriller-writer identity has been fined $1,645 for breaching client confidentiality rules. The ruling was dated Nov. 26 but published this week.

Chris Gossage of the London law firm Russells Solicitors — which represents Rowling — told a friend of his wife that the “Harry Potter” creator was author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” published last year under the name Robert Galbraith. The friend tweeted the information, and it was followed up by the Sunday Times.

The law firm apologized and paid damages to Rowling for the leak.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority says it issued Gossage a written rebuke for disclosing confidential information about a client to a third party. Sales of the thriller rocketed after Rowling was outed as its author.

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