Sony, Columbia Battle Author’s ‘Premium Rush’ IP Suit

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT) -- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. fought back Friday against claims that the upcoming film “Premium Rush,” about a New York City bike messenger, plagiarized a similar book, arguing they had no implicit contract with the book’s author.

The Hollywood studios, joined by co-writers of the "Premium Rush" screenplay David Koppel and John Kamps, asked a California federal court to strip novelist Joe Quirk's breach of implied contract claim from the suit, saying that they would also ask the court to dismiss the...
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