Hayden Christensen vs. USA: Lawsuit Tossed By Judge
Posted on Wed May 11, 2011 10:12 AM PDT

wm.boss012011_05200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen and his brother filed a lawsuit against the USA network for the series, Royal Pains.

In the suit, filed in December, the Christensen brothers claimed they brought a show concept to USA about concierge doctor in a show titled Housecall. They presented materials including a treatment and character bios to the then-manager of original scripted series, Alex Pepiol.

The Christensens allege the network misappropriated characters, concept and story lines from their treatment in the Royal Pains series.

Manhattan Judge Colleen McMahon said in court on Tuesday the breach-of-contract claims were overruled by federal law because ideas are not copyrightable.

Christensens' lawyer, David Marek, stated: "We are disappointed with the ruling and hope to have it reversed on appeal."