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Julia Child Group In Legal Battle With Oven-Maker

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Julia Child sits in her kitchen after being moved and rebuilt from her Cambridge, MA home 19 August, 2002 as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.  Her Thermador oven is behind her. (credit:  TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Julia Child sits in her kitchen after being moved and rebuilt from her Cambridge, MA home 19 August, 2002 as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Her Thermador oven is behind her. (credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — A foundation set up by Julia Child is locked in a legal battle with the manufacturer of Thermador ovens over a marketing campaign that celebrates the late chef’s use of its high-end appliances.

The foundation claims the company is using Child’s name and image without permission.

BSH Home Appliances Corp., the California-based manufacturer, says it is simply making a factual reference to her 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 has filed a lawsuit in Boston against the foundation, asking a federal judge to determine the rights of both sides.

Child died in 2004.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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