Apple, Shyamalan Recoup Fees After Beating Copyright Suit

Law360 (July 22, 2020, 5:34 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge is ordering a screenwriter to repay more than $160,000 in legal bills that Apple and M. Night Shyamalan spent fending off her failed copyright infringement lawsuit over the Apple TV+ series "Servant."

Two months after ruling Shyamalan's show bore little resemblance to a film called "The Truth About Emanuel," the judge ordered filmmaker Francesca Gregorini on Tuesday to repay the fees for filing an "objectively unreasonable" copyright lawsuit.

"Plaintiff offered the court a list of scattered similarities, many of which the court found to be mischaracterizations of one or both the works at issue, in an attempt...

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