The Spider-Man Chronicles: A Guide to a Year's Worth of Legal Action at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

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05 Jul 2012

Richard Kobak
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APRIL 5, 2012: Former Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stuntman and original cast member Richard Kobak, who claims he was injured during his run with the Broadway musical, takes legal action against the producers. Kobak says that he sustained two herniated discs, a concussion, whiplash and holes in both knees as a result of errors by crew members in charge of programming the aerial rigging computer. Kobak filled in for stuntman Christopher Tierney, who was injured at the Dec. 20, 2010, performance after falling 30 feet at the Foxwoods Theatre.

JUNE 1, 2012: The first oral arguments are made in Taymor's federal suit against Spider-Man producers. According to the Times, lawyers for the Broadway producers argued that Taymor "had borrowed so many ideas from Spider-Man superhero lore that she was not entitled to copyright protection for her initial three-page script outline for the musical." (Dale Cendali, the lead lawyer for the producers, dismissed the outline as little more than a "rip-off.") Taymor's lawyers, "who regard the outline as crucial to her copyright claims and battle for more than $1 million from the producers, countered that the document reflected what they termed originality and the singular vision that she had demonstrated as the Tony Award-winning director of The Lion King." Private settlement talks broke off in late winter.

As of press time, the federal proceedings were ongoing. A jury trial on the case is to start in early 2013.

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