Missy Chase Lapine Sues and Other Literary News

Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals, has sued Jessica Seinfield for copyright and trademark infringement. I talked about this before in an 10/21 posting. It’s a David vs. Goliath battle, going up against the Seinfield’s. None of us can know what truly happened, but the facts available do seem to support Ms. Lapine’s claim. Read the full article here.

In other news, Andrew Morton’s book Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography (due out January 15th) has reportedly infuriated Tom Cruise with it’s wild claims. A lot of it revolves around Cruise’s involvement in scientology. The most bizarre claim is that his child was conceived using sperm from L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of scientology. Crazy if it’s true, maybe even crazier if this book got published and there’s no proof to back it up. This reminds me of the issues surround the unauthorized biography of Anna Nicole Smith a few months ago. The book, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death, contained scathing allegations that Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern were lovers and implicated them in Anna’s death. The books author, Rita Cosby, was sued by Stern for libel. Read more about this here. Speaking of lawsuits, Clive Cussler’s attempt to get a judgement of $8.5 million by Crusader Entertainment was denied. Cussler claims that they failed to keep their contract with him regarding a screenplay adapted from the book, while they claim he tricked them into purchasing the screenplay based on false sales numbers. Read more here.

I’m a little late covering this other news so forgive me. Priscilla Ceballos publicly apologized for helping her daughter fabricate an essay for a Hannah Montana contest. The six year old daughter’s essay falsely claimed that her father had died in Iraq. The fraud was discovered after officials checked the military information they were given. The prize was promptly taken away from the girl and the mother has taken full responsibility. What a horrible thing to do to a child. She had her dreams realized only to have them crushed by her mother’s decision to lie. More info here.

Other recent headlines:

Tom Wolfe leaves publisher over money.

Late poet, Robert Frost’s, home vandalized by teenage partygoers.

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