Firm files copyright infringement case Over FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

June 26, 2018 – Firm partner David Given today filed an action against the AMC network and various production companies and individuals on behalf of comic book writer Mel Smith.  The client’s complaint contends that elements of his comic book series DEAD AHEAD were copied and incorporated into several second season episodes of the hit television series FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, in violation of federal copyright law.  The complaint recounts that one of that television series’ producers was an executive at Mr. Smith’s comic book publisher, Image Comics of Berkeley, and another was his agent in developing and shopping DEAD AHEAD for film and television use.  Filed in the federal district court in San Francisco, the client’s lawsuit includes a state law claim for breach of fiduciary duty in addition to the claim under the federal Copyright Act.  Further proceedings in the matter are pending the court’s assignment of the case to a judge.