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January 17, 1992|ALEENE MacMINN | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Family Feud: The creator of "The Addams Family" TV series is suing the makers of "The Addams Family" movie for $50 million, accusing them of ripping off his ideas. David Levy, who holds rights to the 1964-66 series, filed the lawsuit in state court against Paramount Studios and Orion Productions, among others. Levy created the TV characters based on cartoons drawn by Charles Addams for the New Yorker magazine. His attorney said the new film--which has grossed more than $100 million since its release in November--"appropriates" Levy's "ideas and concepts."

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