'Modern Family' Didn't Rip Off Writer's Pilot: Judge

Law360, New York (July 18, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed a writer's suit alleging the producers of “Modern Family” plagiarized his pilot script to develop ideas for the hit ABC television show, finding that the concepts of the two works were not substantially similar.

Judge Paul A. Crotty concurred with New York Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV's report and recommendation that script writer Martin Alexander had failed to demonstrate a substantial similarity between his pilot and the premise of “Modern Family” in his copyright suit against ABC...
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