Both Genders Upset By Simon & Schuster's 'Hot Chicks With Douchebags'

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Both Genders Upset By Simon & Schuster's 'Hot Chicks With Douchebags'

Wed Nov 19, 2008 @ 08:02PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Last month, publisher Simon & Schuster was sued by three women who claimed emotional distress, invasion of privacy and defamation after their photographs appeared in a book titled, "Hot Chicks With Douchebags."

We suppose the only thing worse than being a "hot chick" is being a "douchebag," so we're not surprised to see a man, Michael Minelli, stand up to make a similar claim against the book's publisher and author. The two lawsuits share neither jurisdiction nor a plaintiff's lawyer. This one was filed in Nevada district court and adds a libel claim, as Minelli says two pages of the book were devoted to him.

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