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Judge: Cussler to pay $13.9 million in legal fees

Judge: Cussler to pay $13.9 million in legal fees

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered Clive Cussler to pay $13.9 million in legal fees to the production company that turned his novel "Sahara" into a box-office flop.
The judge agreed with lawyers for Crusader Entertainment that an original contract between the two parties called for an award of legal fees if either side breached.
Cussler sued Crusader in 2004, claiming the company reneged on a contract that gave him approval rights over the film's screenplay.
Crusader countersued, accusing Cussler of duping it into adapting his book based on an inflated number of novels sold.
Jurors ruled in May 2007 in favor of the production company, and the author was ordered to pay Crusader $5 million.


Updated : 2021-03-04 23:55 GMT+08:00