‘Star Wars’ Actor’s Lawsuit Against USA Network Tossed Out

May 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An actor known for his role in the “Star Wars” movies has had his lawsuit against USA Network tossed out of court, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.

Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in two “Star Wars” movies, sued the network alleging USA ripped off his 2005 proposal for a show about a doctor who visits the rich, according to the story.

A Manhattan federal judge said the claim was trumped by a federal law concerning materials that are "not copyrightable, such as ideas," the story says.

Christensen, who filed suit with his brother, claimed they had pitched the idea in 2005 as a show called "Housecall," and alleged that USA then developed its own version, which became "Royal Pains," the story says.

The brothers’ attorney said he hopes to have the ruling reversed on appeal, the piece notes.

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