Plagiarism

Cookbook Copyright Case Dismissed

It turned out to be a case about nothing, from the wife of the star of a show about nothing. A federal judge on Thursday dismissed author Missy Chase Lapine's claim that Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry, plagiarized from her cookbook. "This is a complete victory for Jessica Seinfeld," said Orin Snyder, Seinfeld's lawyer. Judge Laura Taylor Swain dismissed all claims brought against Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. The 2007 charges accused Jessica Seinfeld of stealing ideas from Lapine's cookbook The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals, which came out six months before Seinfeld's book. Lapine might appeal the dismissal of her copyright and trademark claims, and will re-file in state court defamation claims against Jerry Seinfeld, who compared the fact that Lapine uses three names to the fact that assassins sometimes use three names, naming Lee Harvey Oswald as an example. "I'm up against a very powerful opponent," Lapine said. "Justice is not always served."