Julia Child-Thermador suit will be heard in Calif.

Associated Press Modified: November 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012
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BOSTON (AP) — A lawsuit over the use of Julia Child's name by the maker of Thermador ovens will be transferred to California, where a related lawsuit is pending, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts says BSH Home Appliances Corp. is using the late chef's name and image without permission. The company's advertising has included pictures of Child and referred to her use of Thermador products.

The Irvine, Calif.-based manufacturer says it's simply making a factual reference to Child's use of its high-end appliances.

BSH filed its lawsuit in Massachusetts in August, asking a judge to determine the rights of both sides. The foundation filed two lawsuits against BHS in California, one in state court in Santa Barbara, where the foundation is based, and the other in federal court in Los Angeles. The suits ask for an injunction to stop BSH from using Child's name and seek unspecified money damages.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court William Young granted a request from the foundation to transfer BSH's lawsuit to Los Angeles. Young said he may end up handling pre-trial matters in the case, but the case will be tried in California.

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