Update: Quinta Brunson – Lawsuit Accusing Actress of Ripping Off ‘Abbott Elementary’ Dismissed 

Update: Quinta Brunson – Lawsuit Accusing Actress of Ripping Off ‘Abbott Elementary’ Dismissed

Update: (Mar. 28, 2024): Quinta Brunson can finally leave the copyright infringement lawsuit she was facing in the past.

In case you missed it, a writer came forward in the summer of 2022 and claimed the Emmy Award winner copied the idea for “Abbott Elementary” from their work. The accuser — Christine Davis — alleged Quinta’s hit sitcom had the same premise as a series she created called “This School Year.” Davis argued that Quinta and affiliated parties came into contact with her script after she pitched the series around Hollywood.

Davis requested a jury trial and demanded that,

“Brunson and ABC turn over all profits they made from the show.”

However, there’s no need to go through with jury selection, as a judge has recently dismissed the case. According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline, it was ruled that Davis had not,

“plausibly alleged that Defendants engaged in any unlawful copying of the Work, as the Court’s comparison of This School Year and Abbott Elementary makes plain that no discerning ordinary observer would find the works to be substantially similar.”

The judge reportedly added,

 “that each of Plaintiff’s alleged similarity either implicates unprotectable general expressions, or does not actually implicate any similarity at all, as the underlying works reveal that the works are not similar in the manner alleged.”

Original Story: (Apr. 19, 2023): Quinta Brunson is demanding a lawsuit accusing her of stealing a writer’s idea for her hit sitcom “Abbott Elementary” to be tossed out of court.

According to RadarOnline, the Emmy Award-winning writer — along with ABC — have asked the court to dismiss all claims brought by aspiring actress, writer, and performer Christine Davis.

Quinta Brunson in “Abbott Elementary”

According to reports, Davis believes the defendants came across her work and swindled her script. However, Quinta Brunson and ABC are now fighting back against the allegations. The parties reportedly want the lawsuit dismissed and their attorney fees paid by Davis.

In their motion, Quinta Brunson claims the two productions are not similar.

“Starting with reading the very first page of Plaintiff’s treatment, it is evident that the concept and feel of the works are wholly dissimilar. While This School Year begins with a second-grade teacher Ms. Davis, slamming a book against her face at the idea that a new school year is starting, Abbott Elementary begins with a bubbly, positive, and optimistic second grade teacher, Janine Teagues, gushing about how excited she is to be starting another year with her students.”

The filing continues,

“The remainder of the Abbott Elementary story focuses on Ms. Teagues and her colleagues doing everything they can to support their students despite the lack of resources and administrative support, while This School Year is much more cynical and is focused on the displeasure of the teachers at the prospect of teaching at P.S. 311.”

Brunson’s attorney adds,

“the characters of the works are not similar either. [Davis] characterizes the protagonists of the two shows, Ms. Davis and Ms. Teagues, as ‘ambitious, young, motivated, and naive characters,’ but in This School Year, Ms. Davis is already jaded about the inner workings of her school. Ms. Davis is often miserable, seen literally screaming ‘from the top of her lungs’ and throwing a book in despair …By contrast, if there was one word to describe Ms. Teagues, it would be ‘enthused.’”

Quinta Brunson

As you may recall, following “Abbott Elementary’s” remarkable seven Emmy-Award nominations, the network and Brunson were hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit on July 12, 2022.

Christine Davis is claiming her show “This School Year” and “Abbott Elementary” share the same premise. According to Davis, her show was registered with the copyright office in 2020, a year before “Abbott Elementary’s” 2021 debut. On top of a jury trial, Davis is seeking damages demanding that “Brunson and ABC turn over all profits they made from the show.”

According to the suit, both shows share similar qualities such as the “look and feel of the inner-city school, the mockumentary style, unique plot synopsis, set design, and unique characters.” It also states that most of the characters are “nearly identical,” and the plots in the first few episodes are similar. Davis claims this all came from her script, which she wrote in 2018.

In the suit, Davis alleges that she had three different meetings regarding “This School Year” with two women named Shavon Sullivan Wright and Cherisse Parks at Blue Parks Productions in the summer of 2020. She was aware of Hulu and ABC’s search for “Black, female-led comedies” and received notes on her scripts. A few months later, “Abbott Elementary” started filming. However, it’s important to note that, according to reports, producers Shavon Sullivan Wright and Cherisse Parks aren’t connected to the ABC sitcom.

A judge has yet to rule on the matter.


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Authored by: Ariel Whitely