Costner To Go To Trial With Baldwin Over Lawsuit

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June 8, 2011 | 11:25am EST

Kevin Costner has been forced to go to trial over a multi-million dollar lawsuit which accuses him of duping Stephen Baldwin into giving up his shares in a pioneering oil-cleaning technology.
The Usual Suspects star sued Costner in December, claiming he should have benefited from Costner’s success after he introduced an oil-filtration device to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year.

Baldwin alleged he was a 10 per cent partner in the invention, but claims the movie star and his partners persuaded him to sell his shares in the company. He is now demanding more than $4 million from the actor.

Costner filed to dismiss the legal action in February, but on Tuesday, a district judge in New Orleans, Louisiana rejected the request, ruling the case should be fought out in a non-jury trial, according to Bloomberg.

A trial date has been set for May.