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Konrad Bercovici was a screenwriter who became close friends with actor and director Charlie Chaplin. In this lawsuit, Bercovici claimed that Chaplin had plagiarized from him the idea for Chaplin's film "The Great Dictator." The case went to trial in 1947, with Louis Nizer and Walter S. Beck of law firm Davidson & Davidson representing the plaintiff, and Louis D. Frohlich, Arthur H. Schwartz, and Everett A. Frohlich of Schwartz & Frohlich representing the defendant. The case was settled when Chaplin agreed to pay Bercovici $95,000 in compensation.

From the description of Konrad Bercovici vs. Charles S. Chaplin and United Artists Corporation court documents, docket number 14-190, 1942-1947. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 708221369

Federal district court for the southern part of New York State, convening in New York City.

From the description of Minutes, Southern District of New York, no. 5, 1872 Mar. 12-June 1. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58758898

The U.S. District and Circuit Courts were established by the Judiciary Act of 1789. The Circuit Courts were given jurisdiction over cases involving foreign nationals or citizens of several states and equity suits where the matter in dispute exceeded $500. The Circuit Courts also heard appeals from the District Courts, which handled admiralty cases and bankruptcies under the national bankruptcy acts after 1800. New York was divided into Northern and Southern Districts in 1814. The Circuit Courts were abolished in 1912 and their duties given to the District Courts.

From the description of Equity dockets and case files, 1791-1846 [microform]. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86123703

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creatorOf Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950. [Records, briefs, and papers for cases handled by firms with which Henry L. Stimson was associated, 1892-1940]. Yale University, Law School Library
creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). Naturalization petition files, 1824-1906. Denver Art Museum
creatorOf United States. Circuit Court (New York : Southern District). [Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft court proceedings]. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers of Learned Hand, 1909-1924. Library of Congress
referencedIn Herbert, Anthony B. Anthony B. Herbert collection, 1930-2009. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). Declarations of intention, 1845-1911. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Kaufman, Irving R. (Irving Robert), 1910-1992. Papers, 1934-1992 (bulk 1949-1992). Library of Congress
creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). [Corn Products Refining Company court proceedings]. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Robert L. Carter Papers, 1941-2006, (bulk 1969-2004) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Carter, Robert L., 1917-2012. Robert L. Carter papers, 1941-2006 (bulk 1969-2004). Library of Congress
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creatorOf Woolsey, John Munro, 1877-1945. Judicial opinions, 1929-1943. Yale University, Law School Library
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creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). Konrad Bercovici vs. Charles S. Chaplin and United Artists Corporation court documents, docket number 14-190, 1942-1947. Cornell University Library
creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). Minutes, Southern District of New York, no. 5, 1872 Mar. 12-June 1. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Gelston, David. David Gelston Papers, 1800-1843 (bulk 1801-1820) G. W. Blunt White Library
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referencedIn Irving R. Kaufman Papers, 1934-1992, (bulk 1949-1992) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). Equity dockets and case files, 1791-1846 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn New York (State). Supreme Court of Judicature. Transcripts of docket of judgments in U.S. District and Circuit Courts, 1830-1836. New York State Archives
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