- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed the copyright lawsuit filed by a North Dakota advertising agency against the creators of a Cartoon Network show.

H2M, a Fargo-based advertising and marketing agency, filed the lawsuit in 2013 alleging that Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove copied a Department of Transportation marketing campaign. Boedigheimer and Grove are the creators of the animated series “Annoying Orange.”

The case was scheduled to go to trial in June in North Dakota.

H2M alleged that Boedigheimer and Grove ripped off a character called The Talking Orange that was created for television commercials for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The commercials aired in North Dakota and western Minnesota from 2005 to 2010.

Boedigheimer and Grove are both North Dakota natives and attended college in Minnesota.

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