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Friday, March 10, 2017

Sofia Vergara wants lawsuit over her frozen embryos dismissed

From The Advocate: 

Sofia Vergara, the star of TV's "Modern Family" series, has managed to get the bizarre legal tussle between her and her former fiancé moved out of the Louisiana court system.

Now the question is whether she can get a federal judge to toss out the lawsuit — brought on behalf of her Sown frozen embryos — altogether. 

Vergara filed a "notice of removal" of the case from a state district court in Gretna to federal court in New Orleans last month, a move that doesn't immediately need a judge's approval. 

The move was apparently aimed at pre-empting a ruling based on a state law holding that viable embryos cannot be destroyed. Vergara’s former partner, Nick Loeb, is banking on that statute in order eventually to have the embryos implanted in someone and brought to term. 

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