Actor Hayden Christensen has settled his legal battle with bosses behind U.S. TV series Royal Pains. The Jumper star and his brother Tove, who own production company Forest Park Pictures, accused executives at USA Network of stealing their 2005 idea for a show based on a "concierge" doctor who makes home visits to rich and famous clients.
The siblings filed a lawsuit against USA chiefs in 2010 after Royal Pains premiered, claiming the show was strikingly similar to their pitch, entitled Housecall, but a judge ultimately dismissed the case.
The Christensens won the right to an appeal last year (12), and earlier this month (May13) both parties submitted papers to dismiss the suit with prejudice and cover their own legal costs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tove Christensen, who produced his actor sibling's 2003 drama Shattered Glass, was at home in the early hours of Tuesday (02Oct12) when an unidentified male used a rock to smash a window and gain entrance to the property.
The 39 year old, who was not seen by the intruder, promptly called police to report the crime as he lay low, reports TMZ.com.
The man attempted to steal a guitar but he ran off and dumped the instrument in the bushes after hearing police sirens, and he managed to escape before cops arrived at the scene.
Authorities have since launched an investigation into the incident, although they have yet to name any suspects.
The Canadian actor and his brother Tove, who own production company Forest Park Pictures, accused executives at Universal Television (UTV) of stealing their 2005 idea for a show based on a "concierge" doctor who makes home visits to rich and famous clients.
The siblings launched a legal battle against UTV bosses in 2010 after a programme containing striking similarities to their pitch, Royal Pains, premiered in June, 2009, but a judge subsequently threw out the case, declaring the claims concerned "materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas".
The Christensens later filed an appeal in a bid to overturn the decision but UTV chiefs countered with a motion to dismiss, which was eventually granted by a district court.
However on Tuesday (26Jun12), the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the second circuit in New York reversed that ruling, giving Tove and the Jumper star the opportunity to push forward with an appeal.
The Canadian actor and his brother, Tove, filed suit against executives at the USA Network over allegations one of the channel's shows is based on an idea the brothers pitched to them back in 2005.
They claim their proposal for a show called Housecall, about a "concierge" doctor who makes home visits to rich and famous clients, was turned into Royal Pains, starring Mark Feuerstein.
The case went to court in New York on Tuesday (10May11) and Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon dismissed the lawsuit, ruling the claims concerned "materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas".
Their lawyer, David Marek, has now confirmed the brothers will appeal the decision, telling the New York Post, "We are disappointed with the ruling and hope to have it reversed on appeal."
The Canadian actor and his brother, Tove, claim they contacted the network in 2005 and pitched a proposal for a show called Housecall, about a "concierge" doctor who makes home visits to rich and famous clients.
The siblings allege USA Network bosses took the idea and turned it into their own series, Royal Pains, which is now in its second season.
The pair filed legal papers at Manhattan Federal Court in New York City on Tuesday (06Jul10), claiming an unnamed executive at USA told them that when they pitched their idea he was "aware of concierge doctors " and called their concept was "fascinating", according to the New York Post.
Christensen has been ordered to complete the 20-day Hollywood Beautification program after pleading "no contest" to a charge of misdemeanour battery following a violent altercation with his girlfriend.
He was arrested in September (09) after dragging his lover 30 feet (9.14 metres) as she clung to the side of his car following a heated argument, reports TMZ.com.
Witnesses allege the Shattered Glass producer was behind the wheel and hit the accelerator when the woman - who hasn't been identified - reached into the vehicle to grab her purse.
Christensen was also handed three years probation and must undergo a year of domestic violence counselling.
The Star Wars actor claims he struck a deal with producer Philippe Martinez in 2005 to star in a film called Crash Bandits.
The star's brother Tove also allegedly signed on to co-produce the project.
The pair are now suing Martinez, who they say claimed he had a $500 million (GBP333 million) to fund the film, and agreed to pay for the right to have first shot at producing the brothers' future projects, according to TMZ.com.
But the film never got made and now the brothers are demanding $3 million (GBP2 million) from Martinez.
Christensen, 36, was arrested early on Wednesday morning (02Sep09) after reportedly dragging his girlfriend 30 feet (9.14 metres) as she clung to the side of his car after a heated argument, according to TMZ.com.
Witnesses allege the Shattered Glass producer was behind the wheel when the unidentified woman reached into the vehicle to grab her purse, and Christensen hit the accelerator.
The woman reportedly suffered visible marks on her arm but did not sustain serious injuries.
Christensen, who was arrested at his Los Angeles home, is being held on $30,000 (£20,000) bail.