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Julia Child-Thermador suit will be heard in Calif.

Associated Press Modified: November 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012

The cases center on the foundation's claim that it has exclusive ownership and control of Child's name, image, likeness and celebrity identity, as well as trademarks and copyrights related to her. The foundation alleges that BSH's use of her name and image constitutes copyright and trademark infringement.

BSH acknowledges that it has used images of Child and references to her use of Thermador products on its website and on social media sites, but says that does not imply any endorsement by Child. The company says its references are to Child's well-known use of Thermador products.

Child, who died in 2004, had a Thermador oven in her Cambridge kitchen, which is now displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington. She also used Thermador products on the set of her popular television show, "The French Chef."

In its lawsuits, the foundation said Child had many endorsement opportunities during her lengthy career, but she chose not to.