Fox Wins Atty Fees In 'Alien' Screenplay Suit

Law360, New York (August 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Monday ordered a screenwriter who claimed that Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. stole his idea for the 2004 film "Alien vs. Predator" to pay the studio $40,000 in attorneys' fees, saying the copyright suit was frivolous.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin granted summary judgment to Fox in March, ruling that the movie was independently created, and that no reasonable jury could find a striking similarity between it and James Muller's screenplay "The Lost Continent." Muller has appealed to the Second...
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