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David Chase reported to a Trenton, NJ, courthouse on Wednesday morning to defend himself against former New Jersey municipal court judge Robert Baer's claim that ideas of his ideas helped Chase bring The Sopranos to life. Baer, also a former assistant prosecutor, filed suit in 2002, alleging that he suggested to Chase a TV series about organized crime in Jersey and gave Chase a crash course on the North Jersey mob, and as such wants credit and compensation. According to the AP, opening statements are expected after the lunch break.

In a related class-action suit, absolutely no one is laying claim to John from Cincinnati.