Spelling claimed the letters constituted defamation of character but that claim was rejected by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William Highberger Monday, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
The judge said Richards was within her rights sending out the survey in search of witnesses for her own case. However, he let the breach-of-contract charge against her stand for allegedly telling her boyfriend intimate details of the celebrity couple's life.
Lawyers for both sides said they would appeal the ruling.
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