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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 10:54 am
Opposing lawyers both claiming victory? It’ll never happen.
Posted by: Keir Graff

Whoops. It’s a win-win…or is it a lose-lose? From the Los Angeles Times (“Both sides in Cussler-Anschutz case claim victory,” by Kim Christensen and Glenn F. Bunting):

After a marathon battle of big egos and a long-winded 14-week civil trial, author Clive Cussler and billionaire industrialist Philip Anschutz both claimed victory Tuesday, but neither walked away with the huge financial win he’d sought.

So do I side with the tycoon who dreamed of playing movie mogul or the bestselling author who gave bloated sales figures for his bombastic books? Um, I’ll get back to you on that.

What was this really about?

Jurors deliberated for eight days to determine who was responsible for the financial failure of “Sahara,” which starred Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz and has lost about $105 million to date.

I know who I blame: Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. Can’t someone sue them for something, too?

2 Responses to “Opposing lawyers both claiming victory? It’ll never happen.”
  1. matthewfansince1996 Says:

    If it wasn’t for Matthew starring in this movie, I would not have seen it. Everyone I know loved the movie…I had never heard of Clive Cussler before this movie…I love this movie and watch it all the time….

  2. Keir Says:

    What happened in 1996? Personally, I thought he peaked in 1993, as Wooderson in Dazed and Confused.


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