11:05am PT by Matt Belloni
Judge: Food Network's 'Private Chefs' can air as planned
As we've reported, a company called Private Chefs Inc. sued Food Network in August claiming the show violates its trademarks and breaches an implied contract. Private Chefs claims that in 2002 its president pitched a similar show about chefs-to-the-stars to Food Network.
Private Chefs also filed court papers asking for an preliminary injunction against the show's airing. But Judge Consuelo Marshall yesterday denied the request, issuing an order saying that Private Chefs "has failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable harm" (part of the test for whether to grant an injunction).
The case will continue but Food Network can safely air "Private Chefs of Beverly Hills" in the meantime.