'Jingle' jangle ends in Fox's favor on appeal

Shprintz, Janet
March 2004
Daily Variety;3/22/2004, Vol. 282 Issue 61, p4
Trade Publication
Film company Twentieth Century Fox Studios was exonerated in April 2004, when a federal appeals court reversed a $19 million jury verdict in a copyright infringement suit involving its 1996 film "Jingle All the Way." In reversing the 2001 verdict by a Detroit jury, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the case never should have gone to the jury because there was no direct evidence that screenwriter Randy Kornfield had access to plaintiff Murray Hill Publications Inc.'s script for "Could This Be Christmas" before he produced his treatment for "Jingle All the Way."


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