Following a trial watched intently by the movie industry, a jury delivered a mixed verdict Tuesday. It ordered author Clive Cussler to pay Philip Anschutz's movie company Crusader Entertainment $5 million, presumably for having made derogatory comments about the film Sahara publicly and encouraging his readers to boycott it. The movie, which flopped at the box office, was based on Cussler's book. Crusader had sought $115 million in damages. At the same time, Crusader was ordered to pay Cussler what could amount to $8.5 million for second-picture rights to another book he sold to the company. Cussler's attorney did the math and pronounced victory for his client -- saying that he'll end up with $3.5 million after paying Crusader the $5 million. But Crusader attorney Marvin Putnam maintained that the jury's verdict represented "a complete victory" for Crusader on the issue of liability, "just not a finding of damages." News accounts suggested that each side spent more on legal costs than they won from the verdict.




16/05/2007