Al Gore Wins Temporary Reprieve In Suit Alleging He Stole Idea To Sell Current TV

By Dominic Patten, David Lieberman

It’s the possible beginning of the end for a media consultant’s lawsuit against Al Gore and Current TVJohn Terenzio wants $5M from his suit alleging that he was instrumental in Current’s $500M sale to Al Jazeera earlier this year — and that the former VP and his cable channel squeezed him out of the deal. But on Tuesday Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith in San Francisco dismissed the defendants’ demurrer motion, finding that Terenzio failed to offer enough facts to establish “personal liability” on Gore’s part. The judge has given Terenzio 10 days to amend his complaint with new info. The case has moved relatively quickly since it was first filed in the spring. The plaintiff argued that Gore initially opposed Terenzio’s proposal to cut a deal with the news service backed by the government of Qatar, but ended up with an agreement that was virtually identical to the one he recommended. The new owner plans to use the asset to launch the new Al Jazeera America channel later this summer.  

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