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9th Circ. Won't Revive Artist’s ‘Avatar’ Rip-Off Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (April 15, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday shot down an appeals bid by a visual effects designer who claims director James Cameron stole the idea for the blockbuster film "Avatar" from him, ruling that Cameron showed clear evidence of independent creation.

Gerald Morawski had argued during oral argument in February that his case was strong enough to go to trial and the lower court judge erred in tossing the case on a summary judgment motion because case law holds that the defense must show evidence that "cannot rationally be disbelieved.”

But a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel ruled 2-1 in favor of Cameron and...

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Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

4190 Other Contract Actions

Date Filed

February 7, 2013

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