ABC, Others Seek Toss Of ‘Ugly Betty’ Copyright Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 22, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT) -- Units of the Walt Disney Co., ABC Inc. and others asked a California federal judge on Friday to toss a suit claiming they stole ideas for the TV show “Ugly Betty,” saying the plaintiff has refused to cooperate with discovery in the case.

An attorney for the defendants told U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick that plaintiff Azita Zenel, a former assistant for Oliver Stone, had repeatedly refused to follow the court’s discovery orders and had canceled a deposition without explanation, prejudicing his clients and justifying...
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