Comedian wins as 'mother-in-lawsuit' is dismissed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

May 5, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A stand-up comedian who was sued for making mother-in-law jokes has had the last laugh after a federal judge threw the case out of court.

Sunda Croonquist was sued for defamation by her mother-in-law, Ruth Zafrin, and two other in-laws who claimed she defamed them with untrue quips about their supposedly meddlesome and annoying ways.

In a 21-page opinion issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper concluded that the examples cited -- including one in which Croonquist said her sister-in-law's voice sounded like a cat in heat -- fell under the category of protected speech.

Croonquist, who is appearing at a Hollywood nightclub on Saturday, said it's likely she'll be telling more in-law jokes there.

Zafrin and her attorney did not return calls for comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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