'Ugly Betty' Copyright Suit Against ABC, Others Nixed

Law360, New York (August 18, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought by a former production assistant for director Oliver Stone that alleged units of the Walt Disney Co., ABC Inc. and others had stolen ideas for the TV show “Ugly Betty" from her screenplay.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick ruled that Azita Zendel had repeatedly refused to follow discovery orders, ignored warnings and failed to appear on numerous occasions, justifying dismissal of the case.

“[Zendel] has engaged in willful, repeated, bad faith discovery abuse. The...
To view the full article, register now.




Case Information

Case Title

Azita Zendel et al v. ABC Video Productions et al

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit



Valerie Baker Fairbank

Date Filed

April 19, 2010

Law Firms


UK Financial Services

UK Financial Services

Read Our Latest UK Financial Services Coverage

Financial Services Law360 UK provides breaking news and analysis on the financial sector. Coverage includes UK and European Union policy, enforcement, and litigation involving banks, asset management firms, and other financial services organizations.