Lanham Claims Cut From 'Family Guy' Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (July 17, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The creators of the animated television comedy “Family Guy” have won a bid to toss Lanham Act claims from a copyright lawsuit alleging they lifted a routine from comedian Arthur Metrano.

In an order issued Thursday, Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.’s motion to dismiss Lanham Act claims, but he refused to toss plaintiff Metrano’s copyright claims.

The judge also struck the second amended complaint’s request for punitive damages on the...
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