I posted about Sam Taylor Mullens (real name: Tiffanie Rushton) and her plagerism of Rachel Ann Nunes about a month ago.
There’s been quite a few changes since that first post.
Let’s start with updates on the Rachel Ann Nunes situation. From The John Doppler Effect:
Today, I’m happy to report that the plagiarist is being held accountable for her actions in a spectacular way. She has been identified as Tiffanie Rushton, a Utah schoolteacher. Rushton has been served with a summons to appear in Federal court on complaints of copyright infringement, defamation, false light, injurious falsehood, harassment, false advertising, and deceptive trade practices. If the suit is successful, she faces statutory damages of $150,000.00, plus damages for each sale of the infringing work, damages to compensate for the other allegations in the complaint, and attorney’s fees.
The compensatory damages could be tripled due to the nature of the offenses.
Hooray!!! I’m so glad that Ms Nunes is taking her to court. Hopefully, Mullens will serve as a cautionary tale for those unscrupulous people who look to plagiarize others.
Orem romance novelist says Layton teacher plagiarized work Standard Examiner
Plagiarizer identity learned, papers served Author Andrea Pearson
Christian author claims Utahn plagiarized her novel, added sex scenes The Salt Lake Tribune
‘She plagiarized my Christian novel and added graphic sex scenes:’ Utah author claims schoolteacher stole her electronic book Daily Mail Online
The Plagiarism of War Veteran Sgt. Chase Weston
Sadly, there is worse news to report. It turns out (unsurprisingly) that Sam Taylor Mullens/Tiffanie Rushton has been found to have plagiarized another author as well. This author happens to be Iraqi war veteran and American hero Sgt. Chase Weston. Sam Taylor Mullens/Tiffanie Rushton plagiarized Sgt. Weston’s personal account of his wartime experiences, “Terror in a Cloud of Dust” for her “book” Hasty Resolution.
From The John Doppler Effect:
In addition to the book she copied from Rachel, Tiffanie Rushton claims to be the author of Hold You Again and Hasty Resolution (both under the pen name Sam Taylor Mullens). The main character in Hasty Resolution is a U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When Rushton sought to publish her book about a character with PTSD, she decided to take a shortcut… by plagiarizing the words and ideas of a combat veteran.
Sgt. Chase Weston is a veteran of the war in Iraq, and like many who served his country, he bears the scars of those conflicts inside and out. Chase survived an IED attack in 2005 which left him with a broken back, a traumatic brain injury, and devastating PTSD. In 2009, he wrote an intense first-hand account of his experiences, “Terror in a Cloud of Dust”, for the Veterans Workshop.
It’s a compelling read filled with the raw truth of Chase’s experience.
When Tiffanie Rushton stole his words and experiences for the prologue of Hasty Resolution, she didn’t just commit a despicable act of plagiarism. She cheapened this man’s deeply personal story to make a quick buck, and in the process, dishonored a courageous veteran’s service and sacrifice.
If you read the entire article, there is a side-by-side comparison between Sam Taylor Mullens/Tiffanie Rushton’s “work” and Sgt. Weston’s personal account.