‘Avatar’ Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld by Appeals Court

James Cameron’s producing partner blasts “fortune hunting plaintiffs”

James Cameron has won another legal victory in the claims that he boosted the “Avatar” story from others.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Wednesday the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by special effects artist Gerald Morawski, a suit that was initially dismissed in February 2013.

While Cameron’s producing partner, Jon Landau, thanked the appeals court for its decision, he also lamented about the plaintiffs who “seek to take credit for the success of our film.”

“While it is unfortunate that a myriad of fortune hunting plaintiffs seek to take credit for the success of our film, we are grateful that the courts have consistently seen through these grossly meritless claims,” Landau said.

“Avatar” has been sued three separate times by people claiming they were responsible for the idea for the futuristic adventure film. The fact that it grossed over $2.7 billion at the global box office probably has something to do with that.

Cameron and Fox are planning three more “Avatar” movies, with the first coming in late 2017.