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Sylvester Stallone Sued Over Pudding

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Sylvester Stallone has battled boxers, enemy combatants and mobsters. Now, he's turning his fighting skills towards his most worthy opponent yet: pudding. Stallone and businessman John Arnold are being sued by William Brescia, who claims that the two stole his recipe for a high-energy, low-carb pudding and marketed it as their own. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled today that the lawsuit can continue, reports the Daily News.

In the ruling, Judge Michael Johnson wrote that Stallone continued to market the pudding even after Brascia began asserting a claim over the product, which was referred to as "Sylvester Stallone Low Carb Pudding" in ads.

Stallone was brought in as a face for the pudding by marketing executive Keith Angelin and food scientist Christopher Scinto. According to the Daily News:

Brescia says he began developing his pudding in 1999 and alleges Angelin and Scinto delivered it to Stallone, who "promised to use his significant financial resources to market and produce the product and to place his company's distinctive name ... on the label."
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Stallone and Arnold maintain that the product developed by Brascia could have been created by anyone in the field. Let's hope, for their sake, that the proof is in the pudding.