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Former 'Average Joe' Alfred LaPonza sues NBC, alleges idea theft


UPI News Service, 07/27/2005 

A former "Average Joe" contestant has filed suit in Cleveland federal court claiming NBC is using his ideas in the current season of the reality series.

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Contractor Alfred LaPonza, who appeared as "Fredo" in a previous season of "Average Joe," filed the suit along with two other Cleveland area men seeking $40 million from NBC, WKYC-TV, Cleveland, reported Wednesday.

The three claim they suggested the makeovers and other concepts being utilized this season as a group of "Average Joes" compete with hunks for the affections of a beautiful woman.

NBC told its Cleveland affiliate it had no comment on the suit.

 


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