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Duchovny Loses Signature Battle

July 28, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ David Duchovny has lost his battle over what he believes is a real-life conspiracy to sell his forged signature.

Duchovny, a star of ``The X-Files,″ and Dean Cain from the TV show ``Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman″ filed separate lawsuits earlier this year against Truly Unique Collectibles, an Internet firm that sells signed celebrity photographs.

The suits claimed New York-based Truly Unique was selling phony signatures of the actors and was ``stealing fame″ by using unauthorized photographs of them to promote its products in advertisements.

The company denied the charges and U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher agreed, ruling June 4 that the allegations were groundless.

``We’ve always sold a legitimate product, so naturally, I feel exonerated. We took on Superman and won,″ Truly Collectibles president James Ferrazzano said Tuesday.

Truly Unique Collectibles was selling Duchovny’s signed photo for $50. Other photos included those of Sean Connery ($95), Mel Gibson ($110) and the Spice Girls ($150).

Plaintiffs’ attorney Farhad Novian said the actors will appeal.

``The claims made by Mr. Duchovny and Mr. Cain are misappropriation of their fame and likeness,″ he said. ``It’s a bad decision. We’ll go all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to.″

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