Sylvester Stallone Sued for 'The Expendables' Storyline

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, writer Marcus Webb is suing Sylvester Stallone for stealing the storyline to last summer’s The Expendables.

Webb contends that the screenplay is, "strikingly similar and in some places identical," to his work entitled The Cordoba Caper.
 
According to the lawsuit, Webb registered The Cordoba Caper screenplay and a short story with the same plot and title with the U.S. Copyright Office in June 2006. Between then and 2009, the script was made widely available by Webb to movie professionals.
 
The Cordoba Caper tells the story of a team of elite, highly trained mercenaries hired to defeat General Garza, a rogue army general of a small Latin American country. One of the similarities documented in the lawsuit is the opening sequence involving, "a hostage rescue at sea, off a foreign coast, which has nothing to do with the main plot." The army general in The Expendables was also named General Garza.
 
Webb says he has been deprived of benefits from the screenplay including potential earnings from the production, distribution and exhibition of The Expendables.
 
Do you think that Webb has a case here or is this just a coincidence?
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