Attys' Fees Nixed In 'Cowboys & Aliens' Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (November 27, 2013, 3:34 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Tuesday shot down a bid by three movie studios to recover attorneys' fees and costs on behalf of Haynes and Boone LLP in a suit brought by a comic book artist alleging the film “Cowboys & Aliens” copied his work.

Judge Sam Sparks's order denied the fee request made by Universal Pictures Inc., Platinum Studios Inc. and Dreamworks II Distribution Co. LLC, citing case law the judge said is meant to protect individual copyright holders in bringing actions against larger, wealthier...
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