Jessica Seinfeld Sued by Missy Chase Lapine, But Wins Case
Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld's Wife, Has Won Her Case After Being Sued by Missy Chase Lapine
Jessica Seinfeld was sued by Missy Chase Lapine, another cookbook author, who claimed that she stole her idea on how to get children to eat more vegetables, a chore that most parents are tasked with.
However, the judge in the case said that this idea was not something that could be copyrighted.
The New York appeals court said Wednesday that "stockpiling vegetable purees for covert use in children's food is an idea that cannot be copyrighted."
Jessica Seinfeld published this book in 2007 and Missy Chase Lapine published her book in the same year. Seinfeld's book is called Deceptively Delicious, which Lapine's is called The Sneaky Chef.
This is not the first time that Jessica Seinfeld has been sued by Ms. Lapine, who was already turned down by a judge, then took her case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, but Judge Reena Raggi asked Lapine's lawyer what was so novel about pureeing vegetables and hiding them in children's food.
"You make purees and put them in these recipes? That's it?" asked Judge Reena Raggi.
"I don't think one needs much cooking expertise to know this."