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Superman Attorney Sets Sights On Percy Jackson

The lightning-rod attorney embroiled in a bitter legal battle with Warner Bros. over the rights to Superman, will next go toe to toe with Percy Jackson.

THR, Esq. reports that Marc Toberoff has filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against author Rick Riordan, 20th Century Fox and Disney on behalf of two writers who claim the Percy Jackson series of young-adult novels and the film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief steal extensively from two of their books.

Toberoff also represents the heirs of Jack Kirby in their lawsuit against Marvel and Disney.

Robyn and Tony DiTocco, authors of 2002’s The Hero Perseus: A Mad Myth Mystery and 2004’s Atlas’ Revenge: Another Mad Math Mystery, claim that Riordan copied several key characters and scenes for his five books, published from 2005 to 2009 by Disney’s Hyperion Books division. Their lawsuit alleges at least 100 similarities, from the names of the protagonists to the central threats to the quests.

Fox’s Percy Jackson movie, released in January, grossed $220 million worldwide.


  • Alemander

    So these guys have a couple of novels. Then the Percy Jackson novels get written. Then 5 years after the 1st Percy Jackson novel, they hear about a movie and then wait until the movie makes all the money it can, then they file lawsuit with this attorney? I guess I should be surprised that they didn't wait until the DVD sales had hit, then file a lawsuit.

  • E.D.

    Is a PDF of the lawsuit available online? The similarities mentioned in the THR article seem pretty damning, but it'd be interesting to see the whole list.

  • Kevin Melrose

    I've yet to find one.


    Similarities…”does your book have a Zeus as the King of the Greek Gods, and Olympus as his home with the other Greek Gods, like Posiden, Athena, Hera & Apollo?”

    “yeah, that's it!”

  • saw2097

    rick riordan wrote the manuscript 10 years before their books were published and he sold the manuscript to a publisher in 1997. This will never hold up in court.