Elisabeth Hasselbeck has won a lawsuit charging her with plagiarism, it was announced Monday.
The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, where the lawsuit was filed, found no evidence that Hasselbeck had plagiarized a book by author Susan Hassett.
Hassett contended that Hasselbeck, who is a co-host on "The View," had plagiarized a book she had written in 2008 on coping with the digestive disorder celiac disease. Hasselbeck, who suffers from the disease, wrote a book of her own on the subject called "The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide" in 2009, prompting the lawsuit. Hassett said that she had mailed the book to Hasselbeck, only to see it plagiarized.
A previous suit by Haslett was dismissed by a federal judge last year, but she filed a different one when that effort fell through.
In a statement, Orin Snyder, Hasselbeck's lawyer from the firm Gibson Dunn, called the decision "a complete victory. It confirms that Elisabeth wrote her best-selling book "The G-Free Diet" based on her own personal experiences and did not copy a thing from the plaintiff. We are grateful that the federal court fully vindicated Elisabeth, seeing through this misguided lawsuit."
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