Judge kills ‘Monty’ suit

He rules Brit courts a better forum for litigation

Deciding that the British judicial system is the appropriate forum for the lawsuit against 20th Century Fox over the genesis of “The Full Monty,” a U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the $100 million copyright infringement case brought by a pair of scribes.

U.S. District Court Judge Gary Taylor granted on Wednesday the dismissal motion request made by attorneys Bert Fields and James Hornstein who represented the studio, the film’s scribe Simon Beaufoy and director Peter Cattaneo.

Taylor ruled that England is a more appropriate and convenient forum for the litigation.

New Zealand-based playwrights Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair sued the studio March 3, claiming that “The Full Monty” was “strikingly similar” to their 1987 play “Ladies Night.”

The filing of the lawsuit generated widespread media coverage partly because it was filed a day before Oscar nomination ballots were mailed to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members.

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