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Plaintiffs Win Idea Theft Appeal Involving “Ghost Hunters” Television Show

May 5, 2011

On May 4, 2011, Martin and his co-counsel won an appeal before the en banc Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving the theft of an idea for a television show.  Martin represents plaintiffs who allege that the defendants stole their idea for “Ghost Hunters,” a television show about paranormal investigators.  In September 2010, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that the plaintiffs’ claims were preempted by the Copyright Act.  However, the Ninth Circuit subsequently took the case en banc and reached the opposite conclusion.  Martin was primarily responsible for the en banc briefing and his co-counsel at Girardi & Keese argued the case.