Our prayers have been answered! Glorious day!
For those of you just joining us, ZNN has been covering the ongoing legal battle between Gary Goldman and Disney over who owns Zootopia. Goldman claimed Disney stole his ideas, Disney fired back that they had done no such thing and that Goldman was just trying to con money out of them, and Goldman restated his claims. When we last left off, the case was being reviewed by a judge on June 26th.
Well, you don’t have to worry about there being a long, drawn-out lawsuit in this case! During yesterday’s hearing on the complaint filed against Disney, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled that Goldman had not provided enough evidence to justify the case going to court. As reported in an article by Law360.com, Judge Fitzgerald said regarding the evidence provided by Goldman in his official complaints:
“what you’re left with is, as you have chosen in prose to allege, is it enough? That’s where I’m having some problems. Especially since there are suggestions that, the failure to attach itself, suspicious might be too strong a word, but it’s something I don’t necessarily have to ignore.”
Judge Fitzgerald granted Goldman permission to re-file another complaint, if he provides more details- a.k.a. the original pitch that Goldman claims Disney stole. So, unless Goldman decides it’s worth letting his precious ideas into the public light, the matter is essentially over. Let’s hope it’s not pre-mature to do a little victory toot-toot!