Posted on 09/16/2019 at 02:50 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A lengthy, convoluted battle over writer John Steinbeck’s estate may have finally come to an end.

Last week, an appeals court agreed that his daughter-in-law Gail Steinbeck inappropriately thwarted his stepdaughter Waverly Scott Kaffaga’s plans to license some of his work, according to the Associated Press.

A lower court’s $5 million verdict against Gail Steinbeck still stands, but Kaffaga’s request for $8 million in punitive damages was denied.

In his ruling, Judge Richard Tallman wrote: “This has to end. We cannot say it any clearer.”

Gail Steinbeck’s lawyer said Wednesday that they were “assessing our options moving forward” — which, while not promising any such ending, does temper his client’s previous statements about fighting until her last breath.

Catch up on the past decades' worth of wrangling and learn more about the most recent ruling in the AP's article.

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