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SHORT TAKES : Tim Conway Faces ‘Dorf’ Suit

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<i> From Times staff and wire service reports</i>

“Dorf,” a lovable buffoon played by comedian Tim Conway, has played golf, witnessed the first Olympic Games, and gone auto racing.

Now Dorf is going to court.

A production company is suing comedian Tim Conway, who plays the 4-foot-tall Derk Dorf character on videos, over the distribution of the tape “Dorf Goes Auto Racing.”

J2 Communications Inc., which claims to have the Dorf distribution rights, alleges in a Superior Court suit filed in Los Angeles Wednesday that Conway wrongly intends to sell “Dorf Goes Auto Racing” through another company.

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J2 Communications seeks unspecified general and punitive damages on various allegations, including breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud.

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