Jessica Seinfeld: Nothing’s Cooked Up In Her CookbookSeptember 11th, 2009 - 6:30 pm ICT by GD
Jessica Seinfeld received a clean chit from the US district judge Laura Taylor Swain on Thursday. She was earlier accused of stealing the recipe of “broccoli-spiked chicken nuggets”. Ms. Seinfeld, tried to share with the moms, recipes that will help them to dish out healthy stuff for their kids. But the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld was accused of plagiarism instead.
Now, All her worries seem to have ended since the judge has rejected the copyright suit against her. Ironically the books (both the original and the allegedly plagiarized ones) deal with ways mothers can sneak in healthy food like vegetables in their kids favorite dishes and make them eat healthy without much resistance from them. The first book titled “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals” was published in in April 2007, by Ms. Lapine after repeated attempts of rejection. It was published by an imprint of Perseus Books Group. HarperCollins, which had earlier rejected Ms.Lapine’s book proposal, published Ms. Seinfeld’s book titled “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food” in October 2007.
This didn’t go down well with Ms. Lapine who then accused Ms. Seinfeld for copyright infringement, trademark violations and unfair competition. The judge didn’t deny the striking similarity between the two books though he declared “”no reasonable fact finder could conclude” them having “the same aesthetic appeal.”
Ms. Seinfeld being a celebrity wife did receive support from people. Her lawyer Orin Snyder called it a “a publicity stunt.” He called Ms. Lapine a “plaintiff” and said that Ms. Seinfeld’s book becoming the number one best-seller has triggered off this idea of complaint. Ms Lapine’s lawyer, Howard Miller, might appeal to the judge’s ruling.
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