Betty on the News: Jessica Seinfeld Wins Plagiarism Case Against Her
Jerry Seinfeld’s wife is cleared of plagiarism charges, but the comedian himself may face defamation complaints
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed a children’s cookbook author’s claims that Jessica Seinfeld had plagiarized her book.
“This is a complete victory for Jessica Seinfeld,” said Orin Snyder, Seinfeld’s lawyer. In the lawsuit, filed in 2007, author Missy Chase Lapine accused Jessica Seinfeld of taking ideas from her cookbook, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.
However, the judge left open claims of defamation against Jerry Seinfeld for a joke he made on the Late Show with David Letterman, when he compared the fact that Lapine uses three names to the fact that assassins sometimes use three names.
“The claims against Jerry Seinfeld for defamation are still fully alive,” said Lapine’s lawyer, Howard B. Miller. “He just says he is joking; we don’t think calling someone an assassin and a wacko is a joke.” (CNN)