Final Claims In Epic Steinbeck Family Spat Tossed

Law360, New York (April 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has dismissed all remaining claims in a long-running copyright dispute pitting a son and granddaughter of author John Steinbeck against the estate of Steinbeck's third wife, potentially bringing the case to a close.

Judge George B. Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Tuesday that Thomas Steinbeck, a son of the author from a previous marriage, and Blake Smyle, the daughter of John Steinbeck IV, had no standing to bring allegations of breach of fiduciary duty,...
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