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Judge dismisses suit against architect Gehry

A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against Frank Gehry by a company that claimed it was owed money for a jewelry line designed by the famed architect.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against Frank Gehry by a company that claimed it was owed money for a jewelry line designed by the famed architect.

Circa Publishing Enterprises LLC sued Gehry in May 2007, claiming it had exclusive rights to the line the architect designed for Tiffany & Co.

A Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit after several days of testimony during a trial. The ruling came shortly before attorneys were to make their closing arguments to jurors.

"It's a resounding victory both for our justice system and for him, both as an artist and a human," said Gehry's attorney, Patty Glaser.

She said Gehry was "totally vindicated" by the ruling.

An attorney for Circa Publishing Enterprises did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. The company claimed it was due half of the profits from Gehry's deal with Tiffany.

Glaser said Gehry ended his agreement with Circa before the deal for the Tiffany jewelry line was completed. The items he designed included earrings, rings and other items based on his distinctive fish shapes and freeform aesthetics.

Gehry's work includes the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.