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					WHOSE IDEA IS IT ANYWAY?

The Hollywood Reporter (Elephant-Rights Documentary Provokes Charge of Idea Theft - Hollywood
Reporter ) writes of an idea theft lawsuit centering around Juliette West, the teenager who starred in
the documentary, "How I Became An Elephant" and her father, hedge fund manager Lee West. "Idea
Theft lawsuits are common, but it's not every day that one centers around the actions of a teenage animal
rights activist and her father.", THR reports. Co-defendant is Michael C. Tobias (Forbes.com, Dancing
Star Foundation). Plaintiffs are Melya Kaplan, animal rights activist, and Nancy Gershwin, journalist
(ABC, NBC) and consultant (HBO). The film in question is produced by Jorja Fox (CSI) and associate
produced by Emily Deschanel (Bones) This story was first covered by the LA Daily News (Amid battle
over L.A. Zoo elephants, Harvard-Westlake student is lauded for activism, but a lawsuit looms over
'Elephant Girl' ). The lawsuit alleges that the film idea was not the brainchild of 14-year-old Juliette West
(as the film's website claims) but an idea appropriated from Kaplan and Gershwin by Defendants Lee
West and Michael C. Tobias. The lawsuit continues after a judge denied the demurrer, finding there were
"sufficient facts alleged to state causes of action against defendants." See First Amended Complaint for
"How I Became An Elephant" lawsuit.


(Keywords: Juliette West, "How I Became An Elephant", Lee West, Idea Theft, Michael C. Tobias,
Forbes.com, Dancing Star Foundation, Melya Kaplan, Nancy Gershwin, Jorja Fox, Emily Deschanel,
teenager lawsuit, Harvard Westlake, teenage animal rights activist)

				
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Description: The Hollywood Reporter writes of an idea theft lawsuit centering around Juliette West, the teenager who starred in the documentary, "How I Became An Elephant" and her father, hedge fund manager Lee West. "Idea Theft lawsuits are common, but it's not every day that one centers around the actions of a teenage animal rights activist and her father.", THR reports. Co-defendant is Michael C. Tobias (Forbes.com, Dancing Star Foundation). Plaintiffs are Melya Kaplan, animal rights activist, and Nancy Gershwin, journalist (ABC, NBC) and consultant (HBO). The film in question is produced by Jorja Fox (CSI) and associate produced by Emily Deschanel (Bones)