Washington, Feb 2(ANI): Former United States President Jimmy Carter is facing a five million dollar-plus lawsuit over his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid", which was published by 'Simon and Schuster' in November 2006.
The case filed by a group of disgruntled readers in the Manhattan federal court claims that the book "is filled with demonstrable falsehoods, omissions and knowing misrepresentations intended to promote Carter's agenda of anti-Israel propaganda".
The class-action suit charges the 86-year-old and Simon and Schuster with breach of contract, unjust enrichment and deceit for promoting the book "as a work of non-fiction".
"This lawsuit challenges the defendants' actions in attempting to capitalize on Carter's status as a former President of the United States to mislead unsuspecting members of the reading public who thought they could trust their former president to tell the truth," the New York Post quoted court papers, as saying.
Meanwhile, Simon and Schuster has called the lawsuit "frivolous" and "without merit".
"It is a chilling attack on free speech that we intend to defend vigorously," Simon and Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg said. (ANI)