This sounds like a ridiculous lawsuit. Could there possibly be more to it than what is on the surface? Aibilene, a character in the bestselling novel, The Help, is portrayed positively as a leader, a wise woman, and a writer yet Ablene Cooper, maid to the writer's brother and his wife, wants to sue because she thinks the character is based on her name and likeness and says the character is portrayed negatively. Here is the writer's response to USA Today
Read more in the New York Times. This article points out that the lawsuit is two years after the book is published and just months before the movie version is scheduled to be released.