“A federal appeals court has spiked an Ohio couple’s case against companies that distributed an erotic fiction book about a woman’s desire for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski,” the AP reports. “The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case against Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Smashwords filed by a couple referred to as John and Jane Roe.”
“The couple says an engagement photo that shows them embracing was pulled from their photographer’s website without their knowledge and used on the cover of ‘A Gronking to Remember,'” the story reports. “The book was self-published using the defendant companies’ online services by a male author writing under the pseudonym ‘Lacey Noonan,’ according to court records.
“The couple’s lawsuit describes the 2014 book as raunchy and distasteful and says their privacy rights were violated.”
The report also notes: “The book began showing up in Gronkowski’s media appearances, including at the Super Bowl media day in 2015 and in a jocular reading he gave on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’”