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The proof is in the... Stallone pudding lawsuit

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At the center of a years-long pudding mix up is Pasadena inventor William Brescia and Sylvester Stallone.

The convoluted story goes something like this: In the salad days, Brescia hired a marketing executive and food scientist to help develop a bodybuilding pudding. 

Then the actor of Rocky fame and a business partner started the nutritional supplement company Instone, and became somehow involved. Trade secret accusations came next. Followed by assertions that the secrets were just common knowledge.

Somewhere in middle of all this a "Sylvester Stallone Pudding" happened.

Then it was "breach of contract" this, and "misappropriation" that, and then there was suing and trials and appealing and settling and reversed decisions and this has been going on since 2004.

Today, less than two weeks after a state appeals court panel reversed the $4.9 million award given to Brescia (when his scientist and marketing cohorts were found jointly liable during a 2008 jury trial), the plaintiff's attorney told a judge on Friday that the case may soon settle to avoid another trial.

Brescia's attorney said the accord would resolve all claims his client has against Stallone, and businessman John Arnold, and the nutritional supplements company Instone.

"That would be wonderful," said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson. "We'll wait until the court of appeal decision becomes final and we can go from there."

A June 22 status conference to review settlement efforts has been scheduled.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner