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German court hands ex-chancellor Kohl victory in fight with former ghostwriter over new book

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file picture fFormer German Chancellor Helmut Kohl looks around before he presents  his new book  in Frankfurt, Germany. A German court has handed  ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl a victory in his fight with a one-time ghostwriter over his new book Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 . Kohl’s  lawyers sought to have 115 quotes from the former leader removed from Heribert  Schwan’s “Legacy: The Kohl Records.” It’s based partly on recordings of  interviews conducted in 2001 and 2002, when Kohl was under pressure in a party financing scandal, and has drawn attention for unflattering comments about other  politicians. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,File)

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file picture fFormer German Chancellor Helmut Kohl looks around before he presents his new book in Frankfurt, Germany. A German court has handed ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl a victory in his fight with a one-time ghostwriter over his new book Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 . Kohl’s lawyers sought to have 115 quotes from the former leader removed from Heribert Schwan’s “Legacy: The Kohl Records.” It’s based partly on recordings of interviews conducted in 2001 and 2002, when Kohl was under pressure in a party financing scandal, and has drawn attention for unflattering comments about other politicians. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,File)  (The Associated Press)

A German court has handed ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl a victory in his fight with a one-time ghostwriter over his new book.

Kohl's lawyers sought to have 115 quotes from the former leader removed from Heribert Schwan's "Legacy: The Kohl Records."

The quotes come partially from recorded interviews conducted in 2001 and 2002, when Kohl was under pressure in a party financing scandal, and his unflattering comments about other politicians have drawn attention.

Schwan and Kohl worked on several volumes of memoirs, but then parted ways. The Cologne state court said Thursday contracts indicated they had a confidentiality agreement, and ruled Schwan can no longer use most Kohl quotes.

That means the publisher can't deliver anymore books with the offending quotes, but doesn't have to remove existing copies from sale.