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Cat clone contract You can clone a cat, but you can’t clone its memories. That was a key legal point in a Feb. 8 deal between Sausalito, Calif.-based Genetic Savings & Clone and an unidentified Southern California feline enthusiast who paid $50,000 to clone Gizmo, a Siamese mix who died last year. “Some people are under the false assumption that the pet is going to remember them,” said Vice President Mike Hodnett. “We draw the line at saying that we’ll guarantee the personality and the memories of the pet.” Otherwise, much of the legal language in the contracts with customers is aimed at explaining what the company can and cannot guarantee. The contract promises the customers will get “a pet that’s genetically identical to their past pet, and that it’s healthy,” Hodnett said. - ALM ‘Nemo’ finds a copyright suit Newark, N.J. (AP)-A scuba-diving dentist alleges that Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios stole the idea for the hit film Finding Nemo from him. In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. district court in Newark, Dennis G. Sternberg, 56, of Allenhurst, N.J., said he used experiences as a diver to create an underwater adventure story for children in 1991. He called his story Peanut Butter the Jelly Fish. He claims he submitted an illustrated manuscript to Disney and talked on the phone about his story with a writer from Pixar. (The two companies have a distribution partnership.) A Disney vice president told Sternberg in 1996 that although the story had “great potential,” it did not fit into the studio’s “development slate,” the suit said. One big similarity: Sternberg’s story has a character named “Nimo.” Neither Disney nor Pixar would comment. Lawyer to cash in on Jackson trial Santa Maria, Calif. (NewsCom)-The circus that is surrounding Michael Jackson’s trial on child molestation charges is proving to be even more bizarre than expected. Santa Maria has the feel of a gold rush town as locals and out-of-towners try to cash in on the media frenzy as the eyes of the world turn to it. As an army of 800 journalists and even more fans descend on the agricultural town of 85,000 for the trial, locals are prepared. Pictured left is personal injury attorney Mike Clayton, 41. He has his offices directly opposite the entrance to the courthouse and is charging $2,500 per day for a space on his roof and $500 per day for a car-parking space. Portable toilet suit moves forward A man who fell down a hill in a portable toilet may have a cause of action against the contractor that leased it, a New York trial court has ruled. Looking to either buy or sell dirt, plaintiff Joseph A. Fascenelli stopped by a construction site in Katonah, N.Y., where defendant Eric Asher Co. Inc. was constructing three homes, according to Fascenelli v. Eric Asher Co. Inc., No. 1503/02. Fascenelli spoke with a laborer, then asked to use the portable toilet. After entering, he felt the toilet tip outward. It fell down a hill, causing unspecified injuries. In addition, “[e]verything was exhausted from the pot on top of me,” Fascenelli testified. Putnam County, N.Y., Supreme Court Justice Andrew P. O’Rourke denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the company had “not sustained its burden of demonstrating that it had no duty to plaintiff to insure the safe location of the portable toilet at the work site, and thus that defendant [had] not demonstrated entitlement to judgment as a matter of law.” - ALM

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