Judge: ‘Project Runway’ Lawsuit Is ‘Out’
'Project Runway' stars Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum attend the Project Runway Finalists Fashion Show Spring 2009 during Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City.
Thursday, Oct 2, 2008 Updated at 7:11 AM EDT
A New York judge has bid “auf Wiedersehen” to fashion industry veterans who claimed Heidi Klum and others ripped off their idea for television’s “Project Runway.”
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska has agreed to toss out the lawsuit, which claimed the reality series was based on an idea submitted by a fashion designer and a fashion merchandiser.
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Preska said in a written opinion that it was clear the show was developed independently of the two women who challenged its originality.
In a deposition, Klum said the show resulted from several brainstorming sessions by its creators. She said she had never heard of the plaintiffs’ idea for the show.
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