Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld

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Turns out there was still room in the mashed-veggies market for Jessica Seinfeld.

A judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit brought by the author of a for-kids cookbook who accused Jerry's wife of ripping off her handy-dandy ideas for getting young ones to eat their vegetables and other oft-rejected healthy stuff.

Saying that the two books, Jessica's Deceptively Delicious: Secrets To Getting Your Kids Eating Good Food and plaintiff Missy Chase Lapine's The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids's Favorite Meals, are "very different," U.S. District Court Judge Laura Swain ruled that Lapine had neither a trademark nor copyright-infringement case against the Seinfelds.

Most notably, Jessica Seinfeld's book is "bright and cheerful, full of different colors and various patterns," while Lapine's is "a dry, rather text-heavy work."

Swain opted not to decide whether Jerry Seinfeld is reliably hilarious or actually malicious, saying Lapine's defamation complaint against the comedian over jokes he made about her on The Late Show With David Letterman is a matter for a state court to decide.

Despite that bit of uncertainty, all of the above sounds pretty appetizing to the Seinfelds so far.

"Today's decision is an enormous victory," the couple's attorney, Orin Snyder, told E! News.

"The ruling in Jessica's favor is unequivocal, dismissing every claim made by the plaintiff against her and confirming that this opportunistic and meritless lawsuit never should have been brought in the first place. No one copied anything from the plaintiff—not Jessica and not HarperCollins. 

"Jessica created her best-selling cookbook in her own kitchen and from her own experiences."

The Seinfelds have three children, at least one which is apparently a picky eater.

"We are pleased that the court saw through this sham and dismissed the baseless copyright claim," Snyder continued. "The court also dismissed the claim against Jerry, declining to hear it on procedural grounds. As we have said all along, Jerry has a constitutional right to tell jokes and perform satire."

Appearing on Letterman in October 2007, Jerry joked about the "vegetable plagiarism" lawsuit and how he was especially worried about the plaintiff's name.

"If you read history, many of the three-name people do become assassins," he quipped. "Mark David Chapman. And, you know, James Earl Ray. So, that's my concern."

Lapine's attorney, Howard Miller, tells E! that they will continue to pursue the defamation allegation and are considering whether to appeal Swain's ruling.

—Reporting by Lindsay Miller and Claudia Rosenbaum


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