UPDATE: Judge throws out suit against 'The Help' author

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of the best-selling novel “The Help,” has been rejected by a Mississippi judge.

“The Help” was made into a movie that opened last week. It’s based on relationships between white families and the African-American women who worked for them in the 1960s.

The lawsuit was filed by Ablene Cooper, a black woman who works for Stockett’s brother. She claims a main character, Aibileen, is based on her. Cooper accuses Stockett of using her name and likeness without permission.

Circuit Judge Tommie Green ruled Tuesday that a 1-year statute of limitations had run out between the time Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and the time the lawsuit was filed in February. The lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages.


Hearing scheduled in ‘The Help’ lawsuit in Miss.
JACKSON – Lawyers for Kathryn Stockett, author of the best-selling novel “The Help,” were expected to ask a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against her at a hearing scheduled in Jackson.

“The Help” was made into a movie that opened last week. It’s based on relationships between white families and the African-American women who worked for them in the 1960s.

Tuesday’s hearing deals with a lawsuit filed by Ablene Cooper, a black woman who works for Stockett’s brother. She claims a main character, Aibileen, is based on her. Cooper accuses Stockett of using her name and likeness without permission.

The lawsuit was filed in February in Hinds County Circuit Court in Jackson, where Stockett grew up and where the novel is set. It asks for $75,000 in damages.