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'Project Runway' producers sued by man claiming idea theft

UPI News Service, 11/23/2005 

A man who claims he created "Project Runway" has filed suit in Los Angeles against Heidi Klum, Elizabeth Hurley and Greenlight Productions.

Joel Lamontagne's lawsuit claims his reality show, "America's Fashion Designer Search" was registered with the Writer's Guild of America in January 2003 -- a year before "Project Runway" debuted on cable TV's Bravo channel, reported Wednesday.

The Emmy-nominated "Project Runway" follows a group of fashion designers trying to break into the business. Klum is host of the U.S. version of the show, while Hurley is set to helm the British version, "Project Catwalk."

Also named in Lamontagne's suit are Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax Films and Bravo as well as a number of "Project Runway" commercial sponsors.

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