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John Steinbeck's stepdaughter wins $13 million in suit over movie rights

John Steinbeck's stepdaughter wins $13 million in suit over movie rights

A federal jury awarded John Steinbeck's stepdaughter more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming the author's son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of his classic works.

Jurors in Los Angeles found Tuesday in favor of Waverly Scott Kaffaga, who alleged that long-running litigation over Steinbeck's estate prevented her from making the most of his copyrights at a time when marquee names such as Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence were interested in bringing the novelist's masterpieces back to the screen.

She claimed remakes of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "East of Eden" fell apart over the years.

Kaffaga, daughter of the late author's third...

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