Court Rejects Trekkie's Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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Court Rejects Trekkie's Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

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American actor Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and Canadian actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk appear in a scene from 'The Man Trap,' the premiere episode of 'Star Trek,' which aired on September 8, 1966. (CBS Photo Archive)

A New York court says there's no way in the universe a "Star Trek" fan deserves millions of dollars in damages for buying memorabilia he says proved fake.

An appeals court ruling Tuesday says Ted Moustakis wasn't promised a one-of-a-kind piece when he paid $11,400 for a uniform from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" character Data's wardrobe at a 2006 auction. The appeals court also says the Towaco, N.J., man is due at most a refund for two other purchases he says were fakes: a $6,000 poker visor supposedly worn by Data and a $6,600 table from the show's set.

Moustakis' lawyer didn't immediately return a call Tuesday. Auction house Christie's and "Star Trek" series producer CBS are praising the decision.

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