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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: $5M judgment against author reversed

LOS ANGELES -- A California appeals court has overturned a $5 million judgment against author Clive Cussler in a long-running lawsuit over the film ''Sahara.''

The ruling Wednesday by the California Second District Court of Appeal could restart the legal feud between Cussler and Crusader Entertainment that started in 2004.

In 2007, the best-selling author was ordered to pay the $5 million to Crusader, owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz, as the result of a contract dispute involving the film adaptation of ''Sahara.''

The movie, based on a book by Cussler, was a flop.

Crusader is now known as Bristol Bay Productions.

A pending determination by a Superior Court judge about who actually won the lengthy case will determine if either side can recoup its legal costs.

Cussler was ordered to pay $13.9 million in legal fees to Bristol Bay after the 2007 trial.

Palin pitching reality show

NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel may not be Sarah Palin's only foray into television.

The former vice presidential candidate has been pitching an idea for a show about Alaska to network executives. She's teamed with Mark Burnett, one of television's busiest producers. Burnett is best known for his ''Survivor'' series on CBS.

Three broadcast executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity because their networks don't publicly discuss story pitches, said Thursday that Palin was meeting with officials at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Adams' son sues museum

FRESNO, Calif. -- The son of legendary photographer Ansel Adams is suing the Fresno Metropolitan Museum to keep the now-defunct museum from auctioning off six of his father's prints.

Adams' son, Michael, filed a lawsuit Monday in Fresno County Superior Court to keep the board from selling his father's prints, including ''Moon and Half Dome'' and ''Clearing Storm.''

Museum officials are selecting auction houses to sell what they can to pay off its creditors.