‘Real Housewives’ star Jen Shah's request to dismiss fraud case over Hulu documentary denied

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Shah, who starred in the first series of the real-life reality TV show, claims she only benefited from licensing to make films about her family

‘Real Housewives’ star Jen Shah’s request to dismiss fraud case over Hulu documentary denied

The star of the Real Housewives of Orange County has had her request to dismiss a fraud lawsuit over a documentary she made about her family denied by a Los Angeles judge.

Hulu sued Shah alleging she had engaged in false advertising and violated the streaming service’s terms by making a documentary about her family, Sima and Shah.

A “Made in LA” suit, filed on 2 February, alleges the Netflix competitor provided Shah with an exclusive licensing deal, but that her work for the video streaming service represented only a small percentage of revenue from the documentary and for legitimate authorisations to “use, reproduce, adapt, change, adapt, post, distribute, and perform” her other works.

Shah alleged she sought to license Hulu to make movies about her family. But the company rejected her offer, alleging she entered into a false representation, copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit.

Hulu’s content is copyrighted by a movie rights holder, said Shah’s lawsuit. It was also unsuccessful in removing Hulu’s digital copies from its website.

The response filed in US district court in Los Angeles on Monday said that while the original dispute occurred in New York, it was brought under California law because Hulu’s home base is in Los Angeles.

Shah is seeking to have the proceedings over the film dropped.

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