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Victory for lawyers in Full Monty case.

A federal judge in Los Angeles yesterday agreed to allow lawyers to present more evidence in a copyright infringement lawsuit against producers of Oscar-winning film The Full Monty before ruling on whether to dismiss the case.

US District Judge Gary Taylor had tentatively granted a motion by lawyers for 20th Century Fox to dismiss the case from US courts. But yesterday, Taylor granted the plaintiff's request to file additional documents on why the case should be tried in the U nited States and not in Britain, where three of the named defendants live.

Lawyers for 20th Century Fox have a week to respond to that filing. A future court date has not been set.

Two New Zealand playwrights are suing the makers of the film. Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair said in a pounds 63million copyright infringement lawsuit filed in March that The Full Monty was "strikingly similar" to their 1987 play Ladies' Night.

20th Century Fox believes the case should be heard in Britain, where nearly all of the witnesses are and where three of the named defendants live.

However, Don Engel, a lawyer for the playwrights, said Fox earned most of the movie's profits and New Zealand has very little copyright infringement law. English courts also would not consider all of the claims, he said.

Besides 20th Century Fox, the suit names as defendants British company Redwave Films and producer Uberto Pasolini, director Peter Cattaneo, and screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy, all of whom claim to live in Britain.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 10, 1998
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