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James Cameron Lawsuit

James Cameron Lawsuit

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ORIGINAL
SUPERIORCOURT
OF
THESTATF:
OF
CALIFORNIAFORTHECOLNTY
OF
LOS
ANGELES
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Complaint
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K.AndrewKent,StateHurNo.130007
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Telephone:(lWJ.)557-0580Facsimile:(805)550480
AttorneysforPlaintiff
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ERICRYDER,
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LlGHTSTORM
ENTHnAINMENT,
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1)
BREACHOF
IMPLIED
CONTRACT;
2)fRAlIDANDDECEIT;.
3)
NEGLIGENTMISREPRESENTATION;
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Complain'
NATUREOF
THE
ACTION
1.
Thisactionarisesfromthereleaseandexploitationofthemotionpicture
Avatar.
inbreachofanimpliedagreementbctwccntbatfilm'sproducer,LightstorrnEntertainment.Inc.("LEI"),andPlaintiffEricRyder.Atitsownrequest.LEIhadMr.Ryderworkwith
it
fornearlytwoyearsonthedevelopmentofhissciencefictionstoryintoaproduction-readymotionpictureenvisionedasanenvironmentallythernedJ-Depicaboutacorporation'scolonizationand
7
plunderingofadistantmoon'slushandwondrousnaturalsetting,thecorporation's
spy
senttocrushan
insurrection
onthedistantmoonamong:anthropomorphic.organicallycreatedbeingspopulatingthatmoon.andthespy'sremotesensingexperienceswiththebeings.emotionalattachment
tooneofthemin
particular.andeventualspiritualtransformationinto
a
leader
ofthe
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lunarbeings'revoltagainstthecorporation'sminingpractices.Duringthetimeheworkedwith
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LEIonthemotionpicture'sdevelopment.Mr.RyderprovidedLEIexecutivesnot
only
hissciencefictionstory,entitled
K.R.7.
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hutalsofurthertreatments,photographs,3-
14
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Dvisualrepresentationsandimagery,characterandscenedevelopment,storyelementand
I
l!:;
!
productionideas,findscreenplaydevelopmentassistance.inanticipation
or
themotion
piciures
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production.LElandMr.Ryderagreed.impliedly.thatl.Elwouldnotuseorexploitanyofthe
:.7
materialMr.Rydersingly.or
they
jointly,developedinamotionpicture,withoutMr.Ryder
18
sharingillthecommercialreceiptsandthewriterandproducercredits.Aftersometwoyearsof
~9
enthusiasticallyworkingwithMr.Ryderonthe
films
development.LEIpronouncedthatthe
20
KRL
movie
could
not
bemadebecausenoonewouldbeinterestedinan
environmentally
21
themedsciencefiction
real
urefilm.
.22
2.
Inmid-December2009.LI-:!began
its
worldwidereleaseanddistributionofan
23
environmentallythemedfeaturelengthsciencefiction
movie.
titled
Avatar,Avatar
liberallyandsubsturuiallyusesmaterialthatfellwithintheLEl-Ryderagreement.AfterAvatar'srelease.RyderaskedLEItomakegoodonitsimpliedpromisestohim.LEIhas
refused.
Itsrefusal,aftertherelease.distributionandtheatricalexploitationof
Avatar
withoutpermissionfrom.orcreditandcompensationto.Mr.Ryder.breachedLEl'sagreementwithhim.ashavesubsequent,additionalandderivativeexploitations
ofAvolar.
includingbutnotlimitedtoDVDreleasesof
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.Complaint
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themovie.
..,
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In20)l,Mr.Ryderlearned.throughan
LEI
representative,thatDefendants.:,contend
Avatar
isownedsolelybyproducersthatdonotincludehim;that
Avatar
was,
6
supposedly.writtensolely
by
JamesCameron:andthatMr.Cameron,supposedly,had
prepared
afullscriptmcntfor
Avatar
beforethe1999
timeperiod
in
which
r
,EI
was,
on
information
and
belief,
firstprovidedwiththeKR7.story.
Mr.
RyderisinformedandbelievesthatLEi'scontentions
arcfalse.
inwholeorinpart.
011
thelimeperiodtheAvatarscriptmentwaswritten,
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thescriptmenr'scontent,andirsstateofdevelopmentasof
19(1).
Atthesametime.Mr.Ryderpleadsinthealternativethat.based
011
thestatementsLE[conveyedtohimin20II,totheextentLEI'scontentionsaretrue,DefendantsperpetratedafraudonMr.Ryderandengagedinotherwrongfulconduct:theyinducedhimtobelieveLEIwasworkingwithhimingoodfaithforsometwo
YC8rs
onKRZ'sdevelopmentintoamotionpicture.Oninformationandbelief,theydidsoasashamproject.onefashioned
by
them
to
surreptitiouslyadvancetheinterestsofLEI
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13
14.
andMr.Cameronin
Avatar
andfurtherrefinetheirdevelopmentofthatfilmproject.allthe
15
whileintendingtopreventor
delay
asubstantiallysimilarmovie,KRZ,fromgoinginto
16
productionwithanycompetitorofLEI.
17
PARTIES
4.
PlaintiffLricRyderisanindividualresidinginOjai,VenturaCounty,California.
5.
Mr.RyderisinformedandbelievesandthereforeallegesthatDefendantLEIisa20CaliforniacorporationconductingbusinessoutofofficeslocatedinSantaMOllica,LosAngeles
21
County,California.
6.
Oninformationandbelief:DefendantJamesCameronisanindividualwho
Z}
residesinLosAngelesCounty.California.
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I
7.Mr.RyderisignorantoftheTruenamesandcapacitiesofDefendantssuedas
?~.
DOESIthrough25.inclusive.andhe
therefore
suestheseDefendantsbytheirfictitiousnames.
Lt.
Oninformationandbelief,eachofthefictitiouslynamed
Defendants
isresponsibleinsome
')7
mannerCurtheoccurrencesallegedinthisComplaint.and
by
theirconductproximatelycaused
2c(
Mr.Ryder'sdamages.Mr.RyderwillamendthisComplainttoallegethetruenamesand

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