E! wins in ‘Fashion’ dispute

Judge throws out jury's verdict

E! Network has snagged a victory in a lawsuit charging that the network stole the concept for the popular television show “Fashion Emergency.”

A jury returned a verdict of $2.7 million in favor of plaintiffs Katherine Brower, James Cummins and Richard Brophy, but Superior Court Judge Richard Adler on Friday threw out the jury’s verdict, and directed a verdict for the network.

“We are very pleased that the judged entered a verdict in favor of E! that, based upon his findings, there was no evidence to support these unfounded claims,” said an E! Network spokeswoman.

The network was represented by Kelli Sager and Andrew J. Thomas of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Plaintiffs’ attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Van Nuys, alleged breach of implied contract and related causes of action and claimed that the plaintiffs had come up with the idea for the series.

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