A North Dakota advertising agency is suing the creators of a Cartoon Network show, alleging that they copied a Department of Transportation marketing campaign.
H2M, a Fargo-based advertising and marketing agency, is suing Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove in U.S. District Court in North Dakota.
Boedigheimer and Grove are the creators of the animated series "Annoying Orange."
H2M alleges that Boedigheimer and Grove ripped off a character called The Talking Orange that was created for television commercials for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The commercials aired in North Dakota and western Minnesota from 2005 to 2010.
Boedigheimer and Grove are both North Dakota natives and attended college in Minnesota.
Emails sent to the Annoying Orange official website and a Cartoon Network spokeswoman were not immediately returned.