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'Shaq Vs.' Rip-Off Case -- Six-Figure Settlement

7/19/2010 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The people behind Shaq's ABC reality show "Shaq Vs." finally reached a deal with the writer who claimed they jacked his idea -- and TMZ has learned it all ended with a sweet six-figure settlement.

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As TMZ first reported, a writer named Todd Gallagher sued the Endeavor Talent Agency back in 2009 for allegedly stealing the idea behind his book "Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan" and turning it into "Shaq Vs."

Todd's book was basically a collection of stories featuring mainly himself engaged in sports challenges with pros like Andy Roddick ... who agreed to play with handicaps like frying pans instead of tennis rackets.

But recently, the case was dismissed after the two sides reached a secret agreement.

Todd's lawyer tells TMZ, the "matter has been amicably resolved" -- and sources close to the situation tell us it involved a six-figure settlement in the half-million dollar range. Not too shabby.

For the record, Shaq has always maintained that he came up with the idea on his own. Calls to Endeavor -- which is now WME -- have not been returned.


8 COMMENTS

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1.

Kimberly    

WAAAA come up with ideas of your own??? Not likely, not even "put one foot in front to the other".

1493 days ago
2.

Renee Spears    

Harvey,

Who was TMZ waiting for when the shooting happened outside the nite club?

Also, Max is adorable, is he single and would he date a cougar.

1493 days ago
3.

At    

I could actually see how multiple people could come up with an idea like that. I guess whoever has the money to claim it as first and fight to keep that claim wins.

1493 days ago
4.

sgm    

Shaq isn't that smart! His ex-wife probably, she is the smart one.

1493 days ago
5.

Tron    

Yeah, sure it was Shaq's idea... just ask Steve Nash.

1493 days ago
6.

Roger    

I fail to see what Shaq's show had to do with this man's book.

1493 days ago
7.

Dawn    

Nothing new here. Shaq - he's used to screwing (over) a lot of people.

1493 days ago
8.

Norman     

S ..SH*TTY
h ..HITS
a ..AGAIN
q ..QUALITY

1479 days ago

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