Star Trek fan loses lawsuit over fake Data visor

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We've heard of data fraud before, but this is the first time we've ever heard of Data fraud! A hardcore Star Trek fan with a memorabilia jones bought three allegedly rare and authentic items from the Christie's auction house—a poker visor supposedly worn by Data (for which he paid $6,000), a table from the show's set ($6,600) and a uniform ($11,400)—only be be horrified when an encounter with Brent Spiner at a 2007 fan convention showed him otherwise, according to Google news.

When collector Ted Moustakis gave Spiner a look at the visor, the actor behind the character told him that it wasn't genuine. Moustakis said he later found the table was also inauthentic, and the uniform—which he said Christie's had led him to believe was unique—was just one of several made for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

As a result, Moustakis sued the auction house for $7 million, but the New Jersey state supreme court's Appellate Division ruled that the auction catalog didn't represent the costume as one-of-a-kind, and that even if the other items weren't as advertised, Moustakis wasn't entitled to "the massive recovery he now demands." The court said that Moustakis was due at most a refund for two other purchases he says were fakes.

Auction house Christie's and CBS Consumer Products, which oversees Star Trek merchandise, praised the ruling. Christie's has said it stood behind the authenticity of the auction, tied to the hit show's 40th anniversary.

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