Defamation Suit Over Book About Cross-Country Trek Is Tossed

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation suit over a coming-of-age book about two high school friends who hitchhiked across the country. Their names were changed in the book, We Picked Up, but the plaintiff claimed he was depicted as a character who engaged in larceny, promiscuity and drug use. Judge Noel L. Hillman, sitting in Camden, held on April 6, 2016 that the suit was filed past the deadline. Bruce S. Rosen, who represented the company that helped the author self-publish the book, argued that the suit was filed late, and even if it wasn’t, the book wasn’t defamatory. Click here to read the decision.

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