$5M Judgment Against Clive Cussler Reversed

But it’s still not clear whether the author or Bristol Bay ‘won’ the case, as both sides claim victory

Last Updated: March 4, 2010 @ 12:14 PM

 An appeals court has overturned a $5 million judgment against author Clive Cussler in a long-running lawsuit over the film "Sahara" — but it’s still not clear for whom the ruling is a "win."

The California Second District Court of Appeal’s Wednesday ruling could restart a long-running feud between Crusader Entertainment (now Bristol Bay) and Cussler, who was ordered to pay $5 million over the contract for the film adaptation of "Sahara."

A Superior Court judge still has to rule on who actually won the case, however. Cussler’s lawyer says the ruling vindicated his client and cleared the way for him to recapture additional millions; attorneys for Bristol Bay (formerly Crusader), countered that it benefited the company by rejecting Cussler’s attempt to get $8.5 million in damages.

Read more by the Associated Press.