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An LA Judge Blocked Hydroderm's $2.8 Million Lawsuit Against Teri Hatcher

December 07, 2007 08:36:13 GMT

An L.A. judge has on Thursday, December 6 delayed Hydroderm's motion against Teri Hatcher to start depositions in the so-called lip gloss case.


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It appears that Teri Hatcher's current court battle just got a little less complicated as an LA judge sided her on the not-so-famous lip-plumping case.

US cosmetics company Hydroderm sued the "Desperate Housewives" star for breach of contract, alleged that she has promoted a rival brand's lip gloss. In the lawsuit the company filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on December 4, it is mentioned that Hatcher signed a contract with Hydroderm back in November 2005 to promote their cosmetic and anti-aging products under certain conditions that she would not use "among other things, her name, voice, autograph, image or likeness to, among other things, promote, endorse, market or adverstise skin care products manufactured or marketed by Hydroderm's competitors."

Nevertheless, the company claimed Hatcher violated the deal by endorsing a lip-plumping product produced by City Cosmetics, which according to the lawsuit, is in "direct competition" with Hydroderm's lip enhancer. The actress is said to have posed for photographs and talked up the rival company's products in interviews, specifically praising a City Cosmetics lip gloss which competes with Hydroderm's own lip product. The company, as a result, asks for a total financial damage of $2,806,952 from Hatcher.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Helen Bendix has on Thursday, December 6 called claims made by Hydroderm against Hatcher as "character assassination" of the "worst kind" and thus delayed the company's motion to start depositions in the case.

In a legal response, also filed Thursday, Hatcher insisted she has "done absolutely nothing wrong" in her endorsement deal with Hydroderm.

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