Illinois teacher sues Greg Mortenson over book

June 20, 2011

The Associated Press

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Afghan boys attend their Quran study sessions at the Islami Noor religious school on May 12, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Efforts to start a class-action lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson in Montana now include Illinois.

Former teacher Deborah Netter of Lake County filed suit this month in Illinois federal court seeking damages and class action status. She is suing Mortenson,  his coauthor and his publisher, claiming they violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Last month, two Montana lawmakers filed a claim in Missoula federal court 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 cite media reports alleging Mortenson lied in the book about how he became involved in building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

An e-mail seeking comment from a Mortenson representative wasn't immediately returned.