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Writer Sues ABC Over 'Lost' Idea

(Posted August 22, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( When studios and networks are sued for allegedly stealing ideas for what turn out to be hit shows, the plaintiff usually details how he or she pitched the idea the previous year, was told no and then learned through news reports about the suspiciously similar product about to hit the airwaves.

That's not the case with Anthony Spinner, who is suing ABC and its sister studio, Touchstone TV, over the network's series "Lost." Spinner claims that he came up with the idea first -- in 1977.

Spinner, a writer and producer on such shows as "Cannon" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," filed the suit Friday (Aug. 19) in Los Angeles Superior Court. He seeks unspecified damages for fraud and breach of contract, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Source: Zap2it

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