'Timeless' Lawsuit Quietly Disappears

A Spanish producer had claimed the series was a copycat.
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'Timeless'

It has been an eventful month for the producers of NBC's Timeless — after the show's cancellation and subsequent un-cancellation, it appears they've quietly settled a lawsuit from a man who claims the series is a rip-off of his Spanish-language show.

Onza Partners sued NBC, Sony and co-creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan in September, claiming its principal, Gonzalo Sagardia, was in talks to create an American version of El Ministero de Tiempo, the story of a three-person government team who travels in time to change the past. Onza claims negotiations stopped abruptly and the network announced Timeless shortly thereafter.

The suit survived a motion to dismiss in February and had been set for trial early next year, but that future was averted this week. The parties filed a joint stipulation for dismissal with prejudice on Wednesday, which means the legal fight is over — unless someone really does travel back in time to change events. 

Onza is represented by Devin McRae and Michael Smarinsky of Early Sullivan. Sony and NBC are represented by Louis Petrich and Edward Ruttenberg of Leopold, Petrich. None of the attorneys commented on the dismissal Thursday.

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