A federal judge has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit by a Massachusetts writer against Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View, according to an article at Boston Herald.com. Susan Hassett filed the suit in June stating that parts of her book were in Hasselbeck's The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.
Hassett's attorney, Richard Cunha, did not file proper paperwork on time which caused U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro to toss the case.
Hassett, who lives in Falmouth, claimed she sent Hasselbeck a copy of her own book, Living with Celiac Disease, along with a personal note in April 2008, after learning the TV personality has the autoimmune disorder. Hasselbeck’s publisher, Center Street, stated in June that the suit was an "attempt to discredit her work.”
When the newspaper contacted Cunha, he declined comment.