- A rich husband
- A red-haired wife
- A miscarriage (the causes differ)
- Estrangement of the marriage (the reasons differ), followed by reconciliation
- A new pregnancy
These are, as Harlequin asserts "generic concepts such as scenes-a-faire, nondistinct characters, and common tropes in the romance genre".
The complaint was dismissed, with prejudice, stating: "A theme or trope that has long existed is not “expression” that the Copyright Act protects.".
The only result other than a lot of wasted time and money is probably that Harlequin editors will be less eager to donate their time and expertise to contests.