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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Pat Robertson's Diet Shake

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed religious broadcaster Pat Robertson misused a Texas bodybuilder's image to promote the televangelist's protein diet shake.
( [email protected] ) Apr 11, 2007 01:00 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed religious broadcaster Pat Robertson misused a Texas bodybuilder's image to promote the televangelist's protein diet shake.

The judge in Norfolk ruled in favor of Robertson and his Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network in an order Friday, but said an opinion explaining the ruling would be filed at a later date.

Philip Busch claimed Robertson misappropriated his image in order to promote his "age-defying" weight-loss shake he has been touting since 2001 on his talk show "The 700 Club."

He had offered the recipe free to any viewer who requested it, but later started selling it.

An attorney for Robertson says he is pleased with the outcome.

Busch said he is disappointed in the decision and believes the outcome was due to the fact he was litigating the case himself after dismissing his attorneys.

Busch is still deciding whether to appeal the ruling.

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