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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Santa Claus has come to town; not to hand out presents, but to protest.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in St. Louis could rule on a lawsuit between some local authors and the Disney Corporation over the rights to the term "Santa Paws," a story about Santa's dog.

The authors claim to have written the original story in the 1990s.

Santa has shown up to participate in a vigil ahead of the ruling.