FX arms itself to defend 'Sons of Anarchy' suit

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FX arms itself to defend 'Sons of Anarchy' suit

Fri Jun 18, 2010 @ 02:41PM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Sons_of_anarchy "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter wasn't kidding when he said FX's parent company is as "aggressive as I am" in defending lawsuits. The Fox-owned network is wasting no time responding to the $5 million idea theft lawsuit filed this week that alleges the show was stolen from a pitch by the former head of the NYC Hells Angels.

We've learned FX has hired well-known Hollywood litigator Scott Edelman of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to defend the suit filed by Chuck Zito, who claims "Sons" was his idea. 

Edelman is a big gun in high-stakes entertainment litigation. He's currently involved in another high-profile TV spat, representing Warner Bros. in the massive profit-sharing lawsuit filed in March by the creators of "Smallville." Given Zito's background and Sutter's anger, this should be an epic fight.   

And if you still haven't read Sutter's "Douchebaggery is the Greatest Form of Flattery" response to the suit, please stop whatever you're doing and check it out.

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