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Potter plagiarism case could rise again Down Under

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Jul 21, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

The trustee of late writer Adrian Jacobs' estate filed suit against author J.K. Rowling and her U.K. publishers Bloomsbury in Britain, and her American representatives at Scholastic back in 2009, alleging parts of her 2000 novel Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire were lifted from Jacobs' Willy The Wizard stories.

The American lawsuit was kicked out of court in January (11), while the British case came to an end last week (15Jul11) when the plaintiffs failed to fulfil an order to pay 65 per cent of the court costs up front, amounting to a staggering $2.4 million.

However, the case could be brought back to life Down Under, according to Max Markson, the Australian spokesperson for Jacobs' estate.

He tells the Sydney's Daily Telegraph, "The case that we brought in London has been put down because we didn't have the funding.

"We have got all the legalised evidence so it could be brought in another country like Australia. Like (Potter villain) Lord Voldemort we are not quite dead yet."

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