Julia Child group asks to toss suit by oven-maker

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Television cooking personality Julia Child prepares a French delicacy in her cooking studio on Nov. 24, 1970.

Television cooking personality Julia Child prepares a French delicacy in her cooking studio on Nov. 24, 1970. (AP Photo)

BOSTON (AP) — A foundation set up by the late chef Julia Child is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by the manufacturer of Thermador ovens over the use of Child’s name and image.

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts says BSH Home Appliances Corp. is using Child’s name without permission.

The Irvine, Calif.-based manufacturer says it’s simply making a factual reference to Child’s use of its appliances. Child had a Thermador oven in her Cambridge kitchen, which is now displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington.

BSH’s lawsuit asks a judge to decide the rights of both sides.

Lawyers for the foundation will be in federal court Thursday asking the judge to dismiss BSH’s lawsuit or to transfer it to California.

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