10:41pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Hayden Christensen's Lawsuit Against USA Tossed Out by Judge
Darth Vader has lost yet another battle.
Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, was dealt a blow Tuesday in his lawsuit against USA Network over its Royal Pains series.
According to the New York Post, a judge tossed out the suit brought forth by Christensen and his brother, Tove, along with Forest Park Pictures.
In the suit, filed in December, the brothers alleged that they brought the idea for a concierge doctor show titled Housecall to USA and met with Alex Pepiol, who at the time was manager of original scripted series programming at the network. They say they also sent him materials including a treatment, character biographies and show ideas.
They claimed that Royal Pains misappropriated characters, concept and story lines from the Housecall treatment.
On Tuesday, Manhattan federal judge Colleen McMahon said in court that the breach-of-contract claims were overruled by federal law "concerning materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas."
Said the Christensens' lawyer, David Marek: "We are disappointed with the ruling and hope to have it reversed on appeal."