Federal judge dismisses Bob Vila public relations lawsuit



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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that television home renovation expert Bob Vila filed against a northern Illinois public relations specialist.

Vila sued Robert Smith of Loves Park earlier this year, saying Smith falsely claimed to represent him to sell celebrity endorsement rights to Midwest home improvement shows. Vila sought $2 million in damages.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/2aVGyi0 ) Vila asked for the suit to be dismissed, which U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah did Wednesday without prejudice, meaning Vila can refile later.

The 69-year-old Vila of Palm Beach, Florida, is best known as the host of "This Old House," ''Bob Vila's Home Again" and "Restore America with Bob Vila."

Smith told the newspaper he couldn't "discuss any specifics." Vila's attorney didn't return newspaper requests for comment.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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