Fox, William Morris Win Fees After Beating 'New Girl' IP Suit

By Kurt Orzeck (March 10, 2016, 6:55 PM EST) -- A California federal judge awarded about $800,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to 21st Century Fox, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC, the creator of "New Girl" and others Wednesday after they defeated a copyright lawsuit over the sitcom's genesis.

In an order approving defendants' motion for fees, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said they had "achieved complete and total success" over the suit, which claimed they took ideas from an unpublished screenplay written by Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold.

Judge Wilson recently granted summary judgment in favor of Fox and "New Girl" creator Elizabeth Meriwether, finding no evidence they ever...

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