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Illinois woman joins battle for class-action lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author

Mort Former schoolteacher Deborah Netter of Lake County, Illinois, has joined efforts to get a class-action lawsuit off the ground against the now-controversial Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson, the Associated Press reports.

Netter filed a federal lawsuit this month in Illinois claiming Mortenson (at right), his co-author and his publisher violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Netter isn't the first to push for the lawsuit: Two Montana lawmakers have filed a similar claim there saying they were duped into buying Mortenson's best-selling book and donating to his charity based on lies they thought were true.

The lawsuits are seeking class-action status so they can be joined by the millions of people who bought Mortenson's books, heard his speeches or donated to his charity.

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