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'The View's' Elisabeth Hasselbeck Wins Plagiarism Lawsuit

The ABC co-host was accused of ripping passages from another author for a book on a digestive disorder.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck won a plagiarism lawsuit Monday.

The View co-host had been accused by author Susan Hassett of ripping off passages from her 2008 book on digestive disorder celiac disease. But a judge in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, where the suit was filed, found no evidence of that, The Huffington Post reported.

Hassett claims she sent Hasselbeck a book she wrote in 2008 on the disease. When Hasselbeck released her own tome on the same subject (Hasselbeck suffers from the disorder), The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, in 2009, Hassett took her to court.

This is Hassett's second suit against Hasselbeck on the book; the first one was dismissed by a federal judge last year.

Said Hasselbeck's lawyer Orin Snyder in a statement, "[The decision is] 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."