9th Circ. Shuts Down Sonic The Hedgehog Copyright Appeal

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a copyright lawsuit against Sega of America Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. from an artist who penned “Sonic the Hedgehog” comic books for more than a decade, affirming the dismissal of the case in favor of a related suit in New York.

The appeals court said U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright correctly applied the “first to file” rule last year when he dismissed Kenneth Penders' lawsuit, which claimed Sega and EA lifted characters, plot points, themes and...
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Case Information

Case Title

Kenneth Penders, II v. Sega of America, Inc., et al

Case Number



Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3820 Copyright

Date Filed

March 26, 2012

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