Posted on 07/03/2018 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A judge has dismissed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Emma Cline, author of The Girls.

Cline’s ex-boyfriend, Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, filed the lawsuit last November, claiming that she had stolen content from screenplays he was writing, according to The Guardian.

The Girls, Cline’s debut novel, earned her a $2 million book deal with Penguin Random House and went on to become a bestseller.

On Tuesday, Judge William Orrick dismissed Reetz-Laiolo’s claim of copyright infringement against Cline and PRH, saying that while “there are undeniable similarities between the works … they are predominantly isolated to a few intermittent scenes and general plot ideas.”

However, a number of other claims survived Orrick’s order, including both parties’ claims “for intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress.”

Reetz-Laiolo also still has the opportunity to “amend his copyright claim” if he can provide evidence to prove Cline improperly downloaded his manuscript, The Guardian reported.

And according to The Cut, Reetz-Laiolo and two other individuals have also accused Cline of using a key-logging software to access their personal information — claims that Orrick did not completely dismiss Tuesday.

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