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Early Look at Numbers... AMI Goes Late... Heidi Klum's Haul...

O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour and Teen Vogue all posted double-digit declines in single-copy sales... An update on the "Project Runway" legal battle...

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HEIDI’S HAUL: The “Project Runway” legal defense fund bulked up a bit last week. On Thursday, a judge in U.S. District Court in Manhattan ordered designer Cynthia Rodriguez and buyer-merchandiser Elizabeth Marie Anne Zwiebach to pay $50,000 in attorneys’ fees to Heidi Klum, Miramax Film Corp. and other co-defendants in a copyright suit the two brought in 2005. Rodriguez and Zwiebach had accused Klum and company of stealing their idea for a fashion reality show called “American Runway.” Last September, Judge Loretta Preska deemed that “Project Runway” had been independently created and ruled in favor of Klum and her television partners. In a new order, dated Jan. 7, Preska took Rodriguez and Zwiebach to task for pursuing the suit two years after it was clear to the court that doing so was “objectively unreasonable” and ordered them to pay the legal fees. Of course, lawyers are likely to be the only people seeing any “Project Runway”-related income for a while. Amongst the co-defendants splitting the $50,000 are The Weinstein Co. and NBC Universal, currently locked in their own legal clash over the show’s attempt to jump from Bravo to Lifetime. — Matthew Lynch

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