Motion to Dismiss without leave to amend granted in copyright infringement suit against Oscar-winning motion picture HER (2014)

April 2, 2014

In Sachin Gadh, et al. v. Adam Spiegel, 2014 WL 1778950 (C.D.Cal. 2014), less than five weeks after the Complaint was filed, LP&S obtained dismissal for writer and director Spike Jonze of a suit alleging that the motion picture HER infringed Plaintiffs’ teleplay for a television pilot called “Belvedere.”  The Court found that, as a matter of law, Jonze’s Academy Award-winning original screenplay was not substantially similar to any protected expression in Plaintiffs’ script.