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Clive Cussler restarts Sahara dispute

25th June 2010

After running for several years and almost being resolved, the dispute between adventure novelist Clive Cussler and Crusader Entertainment has taken a new twist.

In 2007, Crusader claimed that Cussler overstated the sales of Sahara when it acquired the rights to turn the book into a film and demanded back USD 5 million (GBP 3.4 million) of his payment.

The author, on the other hand, alleged that the firm still owed him USD 8.5 million for, among other things, the rights to another of his novels.

In May 2007, the case looked settled as a jury ruled that both sides should pay the other's respective claims. However, an appellate court cancelled this ruling in March this year.

Cussler has now resurrected the dispute by filing a new lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court for the USD 8.5 million he believes he is still entitled to, Reuters reports.

Bert Fields, the author's lawyer, told the news provider: '[Crusader] said our right to the money was extinguished but the jury disagreed and the claim was dismissed with prejudice. We're now suing to recover that money.'

The author, who is also a marine archaeologist, has published many international bestsellers, including Valhalla Rising, Raise the Titanic and Pacific Vortex.

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