HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four people who bought Greg Mortenson's books are taking their claims of fraud against the humanitarian to a federal appeals court.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon dismissed their lawsuit that alleged that Mortenson, his publisher, his co-author and his charity lied in his books "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools" to boost sales and donations.
Haddon had called the allegations flimsy, speculative and "fraught with shortcomings."
On Wednesday, attorneys for the readers from Montana, California and Illinois filed a notice of appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The best-selling memoirs recount how Mortenson started building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The lawsuit was filed last year after "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer reported that Mortenson fabricated parts of those books.
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