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Lawsuit against unauthorized sequel to J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' heads back to court

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A lawsuit that initially blocked the publication of the “sequel” novel to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye will be reconsidered in federal court, according to Reuters. Last July, a judge in Manhattan federal court blocked the U.S. publication of 60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye, an unauthorized sequel by Swedish author Fredrik Colting, who used the pen name J.D. California. On Friday, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to federal court to determine whether the trust of Salinger, who died in January at the age of 91, would suffer irreparable harm if Colting’s book were published. The appeals court also ruled that it expected Salinger’s trust to ultimately prevail in the matter.