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Motion to Dismiss Granted in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit re Motion Picture "Cars" (2010)

May 7, 2010

Campbell v. Walt Disney Co., 718 F.Supp. 2D 1108 (ND Cal. 2010)

Holder of copyright registration for a screenplay brought action against movie studio and others that produced allegedly infringing animated movie CARS, asserting claims for copyright infringement, unjust enrichment, and constructive trust. LP&S' filed a motion to dismiss on behalf of defendants, which was granted. The District Court, James Ware, J., held that: (1) the two works were not substantially similar, and (2) holder could not unjust enrichment and constructive trust claims based on alleged infringement.