Actor Azaria Pitches Legal Battle Over Baseball Character

Law360, Los Angeles (November 16, 2012, 6:47 PM EST) -- Actor Hank Azaria of "The Simpsons" fame filed a preemptive legal strike Thursday in a dispute over the character of a baseball announcer, alleging another actor, Craig Bierko, is improperly trying to prevent him from developing a movie based on the character.

In a declaratory relief action, Azaria, who is known for voicing such animated characters as Moe and Apu on “The Simpsons,” says he created a baseball-announcer character named Jim Brockmire who had “peculiar speech inflections” almost 30 years ago and should be declared the...
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Case Title

Hank Azaria v. Craig Bierko et al


Case Number

2:12-cv-09732

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Copyright

Judge

Gary A. Feess

Date Filed

November 14, 2012

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