Lawsuit filed in Detroit federal court claims 'Frozen' was a rip off

 A pair of local attorneys are representing a Kuwait author who claims elements of her short story was copied in the film "Frozen."

What does a 28-page children's book have in common with "Frozen",  the mega blockbuster hit from Disney? 

According to attorney Steven Richter, enough to file a lawsuit.

"When I first took a look at it, I thought, 'come on,'" Richter said. "We went through the material, we did scrutinize it and scrutinized through the legal spectrum, and if we felt there was nothing to do here - it wouldn't have been done."

Unless you've been caught in a blizzard for the past two years, you've heard of the movie "Frozen" - but chances are, you don't know Muneefa Abdullah.

She is an author from Kuwait who wrote "New Fairy Tales." It has three stories, one of which is called "The Snow Princess" written back in 2007.  The story is about a princess with magical ice powers who goes into hiding after inadvertently using her powers for evil on her sibling.

Not to be a spoiler, but Abdullah feels this plot is closely mimicked by the widely successful film from Disney.

"Her pride was hurt, she was really furious," Richter said. "She's been hammering us for quite some time to get this done. Everybody is entitled to their day in court and I definitely think she has a claim."

But if the plaintiff is from Kuwait and Walt Disney pictures is in California, why file the federal case with Detroit lawyers?  

We're told one of the lawyers from the Advanta law firm, Mohamed J. Zaher,  is well known in the Middle East.

"He speaks Arabic, it's his native tongue and he has contacts over there," Richter said.

Abdullah is hoping a jury will decide if she should be awarded money for having her ideas stolen as she claims, as well as a portion of profit from the movie "Frozen."

She will leave it up a jury to decide how much money she's entitled to.

To read the lawsuit papers CLICK HERE.


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