Judges to hear appeal in lawsuit over John Steinbeck works

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Another chapter is playing out in a long-running dispute over classic works by author John Steinbeck.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be in Alaska's largest city to hear arguments in an appeal by the estate of Steinbeck's late son, Thomas Steinbeck, over a 2017 jury verdict in California.

In that case, a federal jury awarded the author's stepdaughter, Waverly Scott Kaffaga, more than $13 million in a lawsuit.

Kaffaga had claimed Steinbeck's son and daughter-in-law, Gail Steinbeck, impeded film adaptations of the iconic works.

Gail Steinbeck's previous attorney had argued Kaffaga's claim had no merit and she wasn't entitled to any damages because most movies optioned are never made and that estimated revenue from unproduced projects was speculation.

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