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Judge trims claims in Paris Hilton hair lawsuit

The Associated Press, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 12:48pm (PST)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has trimmed several claims in a $35 million against Paris Hilton by a company that claimed she didn't properly endorse its line of hair extensions.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon ruled Friday that Hairtech International Inc.'s lawsuit did not properly plead several key claims, including fraud. He also ordered stricken several references to allegations of Hilton wearing competitors' hair products.

Alarcon's ruling also removes Hilton's father, Rick Hilton, from the case and he is not allowing Hairtech to amend the lawsuit to try to restore some of the claims, court records show.

Hairtech sued Hilton, 29, in August, and she has since countersued, claiming the company owes her $1.7 million.

Hairtech's attorney, Chris Brainard, did not immediately return a phone message.

A breach of contract claim that Hilton missed a launch party for Hairtech's extensions remains part of the case. Hilton was in jail at the time of the party, serving 23 days after she was caught driving twice on a suspended license while on probation for reckless driving.

Records show attorneys will now try to resolve the case through private mediation before a trial scheduled to begin next November.

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