Lawyer Fined for Revealing J.K. Rowling as 'Cuckoo's Calling' Author

10:02 AM PST 01/02/2014 by The Associated Press
"The Cuckoo's Calling"

The "Harry Potter" author initially penned the crime novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowling's secret thriller-writer identity has been fined £1,000 ($1,645) for breaching client confidentiality rules.

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Chris Gossage of 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 on 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.

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The ruling was dated Nov. 26 but published this week.

Sales of the thriller rocketed after Rowling was outed as its author.

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