August 09, 2018

On August 9, Jenner & Block secured a victory when Judge Ronald A. Guzman of the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against client Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and other parties.

The suit alleged that the hit television show Empire infringed on a book the plaintiff registered with the US Copyright Office in 2013. The court found that the works were not substantially similar as a matter of law.

“The combination of the few similar elements Hall relies upon simply does not provide the basis for protected original expression given the vastly different stories recounted in the two works at issue,” Judge Guzman wrote in his opinion.

The Jenner & Block team included Partners Richard L. Stone, Ashley M. Schumacher and Andrew J. Thomas and Associate Andrew G. Sullivan.

News of the dismissal was reported in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (subscription required).