A federal judge ruled yesterday that Jessica Seinfeld did not copy from author Missy Chase Lapine with her 2007 book about sneaking healthy food into children’s meals entitled Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, reports the NY Times. Lapine’s book, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals, was released five months before Seinfeld’s and Lapine later sued, alleging copyright infringement, trademark violations, and unfair competition. (Lapine also sued Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica’s husband, for defamation after he mocked her on David Letterman. That suit is ongoing.) Wrote the Times: “Although the judge found some similarities in the two books, she said that ‘no reasonable fact finder could conclude’ that they ‘have the same aesthetic appeal.’” The judge concluded that Seinfeld’s “cookbook has a completely different feel and appears to be directed to a different audience.”
Posted September 11 2009 — 9:41 AM EDT
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