Disney Stole Christmas Movie Idea, Suit Alleges

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 12:37 PM EST) -- The Walt Disney Co. purportedly breached an implied contract by stealing two movie producers' concept for a holiday-themed made-for-TV movie and turning it into the ABC Family film "The 12 Dates of Christmas," according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles.

Beth Grossbard and Barri Rosenblum say they pitched the idea for a TV movie called “I Hate Christmas” to ABC Family executives in 2005, describing “a girl's version of the film 'Groundhog Day' with its own unique twist.”

The network eventually turned down the...
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