Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

August 29, 2012

Julia Child group in legal battle with oven-maker

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.

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