It looks like it is over! This morning Judge Tomie Green dismissed Ablene Cooper’s suit against Kathryn Stockett, author of the Help! Interestingly enough the reason it was thrown out had nothing to do with whether or not Stockett based the fictional character of Aibileen on Ablene Cooper. The case was dismissed because the one year statute of limitations elapsed between the time Ablene Cooper was given a copy of the book and the time she filed the $75,000 suit against Stockett.
I am always surprised when this kind of thing happens! How did Cooper’s attorney not know about this statute of limitations? According to Cooper, although she did receive a copy of the book prior to it being published, she did not read it right away, as she had been told by the author that it had nothing to do with her. Apparently there is a difference in opinion as to when the statute of limitations should have begun. I guess now we will have to wait and see if there is an appeal.
The question still remains…… Do you think that Ablene Cooper has a valid case against Kathryn Stockett? Please vote in our poll in the post below!