Stranger Things: Plagiarism lawsuit against Duffer Brothers dropped, no trial

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Creators Ross Duffer (L) and Matt Duffer attend the premiere of Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 2 at Regency Bruin Theatre on October 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Creators Ross Duffer (L) and Matt Duffer attend the premiere of Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 2 at Regency Bruin Theatre on October 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /
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The plagiarism lawsuit against the Duffer Brothers and Stranger Things has been withdrawn. The plaintiff dropped the suit after seeing evidence that the Duffer Brothers created the series independent of his influence.

Less than two months until Stranger Things 3 premieres on Netflix, the lawsuit accusing the Duffer Brothers, the creators of Stranger Things, of plagiarizing the ideas that became the hit Netflix original series has been dropped. According to a report from Deadline, Charlie Kessler, the Plaintiff, withdrew the suit just days before the lawsuit was headed to trial in Los Angeles.

Kessler claimed he met the Duffer Brothers at a party and pitched them about a project about the urban legends at Montauk, government experiments, a monster and a missing child, according to reports. He though the Duffers stole his idea and created Stranger Things using it.

Matt and Ross Duffer have denied the allegations since the suit was filed in the spring of 2018. As it turns out, they were telling the truth about the show’s origins, and they had the proof to back up those claims.

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Here is Kessler’s comment on withdrawing the case, via Deadline:

"“Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”"

It’s very interesting this case got to where it did, considering the evidence. Assuming the documents prove the project’s origin as far back as 2010 and 2013, years before the Duffer Brothers met Kessler, we have to wonder why the judge allowed this go even go to trial and dragging it out this long.

If this went to trial, there was information that could have pointed fans in the direction of the Stranger Things ending or even spoil parts of the story. It could have been really bad for the series and Netflix even if nothing happened and the jury sided with the Duffer Brothers.

Regardless, I’m just glad this dark cloud hanging over Stranger Things is over. As a fan of the Duffers and Stranger Things, I’m relieved to learn they did not, in fact, steal the idea for this show. Now, I’m excited to start discussing the third season of the series without this major distraction leading up to the show’s release.

Stranger Things 3 premieres on Netflix on July 4, 2019.

Stay tuned for more information about the new season. We’ve seen the trailer so far, but the promotional tour is just getting started. We’ll let you know more about the season as we find out.

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