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Posts Tagged ‘Missy Chase Lapine’

Defamation & Plagiarism Claims Against Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld Dismissed

A New York State Supreme Court justice dismissed claims of plagiarism and defamation leveled against cookbook author Jessica Seinfeld and her comedian husband, Jerry Seinfeld.

The feud began when cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine sued Jessica and her publisher, HarperCollins, for plagiarism. Lapine claimed that Jessica’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food copied the guide from her title, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. Lapine also sued Jerry for defamation after he called her “whacko” during a 2007 appearance on the Late Night show. The video embedded above shows a clip from that interview with David Letterman.

Reuters offers this quote from Seinfeld’s attorneys: “The decision also vindicates HarperCollins and Jessica Seinfeld yet again, confirming what the two different federal courts have already ruled: Jessica independently created her bestselling book Deceptively Delicious.” Lapine’s attorneys intend to review the case for a possible appeal. (via Publishers Lunch)

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Jessica Seinfeld’s Cookbook Survives Lawsuit

covershot.jpgA federal judge dismissed a literary copyright lawsuit filed against Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Seinfeld, ruling that Jessica’s book, “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Getting Your Kids Eating Good Food,” did not violate the copyright of another cookbook.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain dismissed a copyright suit filed by Missy Chase Lapine, author of “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.” Swain had sued, alleging that Jessica’s cookbook copied her guide to cooking for children. According to the LA Times, the judge ruled that a state court should decide Swain’s claims of defamation by Seinfeld.

Here’s more from the judge’s opinion: “The similarities identified by plaintiffs are the result of the similar medium of expression used (cookbooks) or of the similar subject matter that both cookbooks address (hiding healthy foods in kid-friendly books).” (Via Publishers Weekly)