ABC Dodges Writer's Suit Claiming It Stole 'Lost'

Law360, Los Angeles (November 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EST) -- A California judge on Wednesday struck down a screenwriter's claim that he pitched the idea for the television show "Lost" to ABC executives nearly 30 years ago, tossing his breach of contract suit seeking royalties from the popular sci-fi series.

Judge Kevin Brazile said Anthony Spinner's lawsuit was too speculative to proceed. Spinner claimed that in 1977 ABC purchased the script for a show that would eventually become "Lost" for $30,000 with the promise that if the network ever developed Spinner's idea, he would receive a...
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