Court lets ruling stand
Lawyer loses bid to sue Grisham over copyright
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lawyer-novelist John Grisham won't have to plead his
case before the Supreme Court. The court Monday declined to hear a copyright
infringement case alleging his novel "The Chamber" copied the non-fiction work
of another author.
Polly Nelson, also a lawyer, claimed Grisham had taken elements and
characters from her book "Defending the Devil," a narrative of the defense of
serial killer Ted Bundy.
Nelson's book was published in 1994, a few weeks after "The
Chamber" was. But her lawsuit alleged that Grisham, through his
publisher, had access to a pre-publication draft of her book.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington ruled in 1996
that Nelson's lawsuit was "meritless" because the books were not
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