I finally found a post that really goes in-depth and explains what happened! Here's the link if you're curious: http://porifra.tumblr.com/post/168424485685/rough-summary-on-events-leading-to-lezhin-tax Lezhin's creators protested about unfair practices, for example, being charged 20% "late fees" even though Lezhiz is sometimes late in paying creators. When some creators complained about various matters, they were blacklisted and their work was not included in promos and marketing. One artist said that when a medical checkup showed a 1.5cm tumor in their thyroid they’d asked for rest to get it checked out and properly treated, their PD (editor, I guess) said things along the lines of ‘thyroid tumors are mostly benign. I have one too, and it’s bigger than yours. Another rest? you took a rest the other time too.’ It turned out to be cancer and they charged her late fees when she had to take a break. The overseas (China, Japan) serializations were also problematic since Lezhin apparently either never paid or paid 2-3 years late. (Note: Apparently Lezhin has a lot BL and hentai, that must be one reason why they are so popular.) The nice thing about the post I linked above is that it includes what finally happened: Lezhin's CEO was forced to apologize and they had to refund the late fees. Lezhin also dropped the lawsuits for defamation.