November 4

Judge Abuses Writer, Appellate Court Rescues Him

Judge's Gavel
flickr:Bryan Gosline
When screenwriter Amir Ahanchian sued a production company for ripping off 12 of his skits for a direct to DVD National Lampoon movie, a federal judge threw out his law suit and awarded almost $250,000 in costs against him because his attorney filed papers three days late. Fortunately, the federal appellate court gave the trial judge a dose of reality and reversed the opinion – after the poor screenwriter endured a year on appeal. Justice?