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Jury says Fox stole film idea, awards teacher $19 million

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — A jury has ordered 20th Century Fox to pay $19 million for stealing a high school teacher's ideas for what became the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Jingle All the Way."

The 1996 movie, about the last-minute quest of two fathers for an in-demand Christmas toy, has grossed $183 million.

The movie was credited to Ed McQueen, who the lawsuit claims is really Fox script-reader Randy Kornfield. But the U.S. District Court jury said Tuesday the movie was clearly based on Detroit biology teacher Brian Webster's copyright script. The script was sent to Fox in 1994.

Fox spokeswoman Florence Grace said the movie company will appeal.