'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...
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