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Tom Cruise's lawyer hits $1 billion lawsuit as bizarre

With all of his well deserved fame and wealth Tom Cruise nevertheless has an enemy who wants to hit his estate for $1 billion. This is certain to upset even his ex-wife Katie Holmes in New York City who is doing a nice job raising their cute daughter Suri for Tom with the advantages which his wealth brings to the split up family. Screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan is seeking $1 billion in damages from Cruise with allegations the 2011 film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was illegally based on his 1998 script "Head On", reported BBC News on Feb. 6, 2014.

Actor Tom Cruise speaking at a press conference
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Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, has called this legal action bizarre. Fields says the claim will be quickly dismissed in court. McLanahan has filed legal papers against Cruise, Paramount Pictures and several production companies over this case. The movie earned nearly $700 million worldwide at the box office, with even more earnings from DVD and Blu-ray sales. McLanahan says because the Ghost Protocol movie generated close to $1 billion, he is asking for this amount in damages.

Timothy Patrick McLanahanis has filed a lawsuit against Tom Cruise, Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions and others for copyright infringement, reports E! Online. McLanahan insists they stole his script idea for the making of the 2011 film "Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol". McLanahan has said he wrote a screenplay in 1998 called "Head On", which he subsequently sent to William Morris Agency, and that the Cruise movie had been illegally written and produced from this screenplay. Fields says Cruise has never stolen anything from anyone. Bets in Las Vegas would probably favor the side of Cruise and Fields in this story.

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