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Director James Cameron has once again been sued over his mega-hit film Avatar(2009). This time it is science fiction writer Bryant Moore who has filed suit against the director, claiming Cameron stole his idea for the movie from Moore’s screenplays entitled Aquatica and Descendants: The Pollination. Moore filed suit Monday and is seeking over $2 billion-$1.5 billion in actual damages and $1 billion in punitive damages- from Cameron and 20th Century Fox. Bert Fields, Cameron’s lawyer, and the studio claimed that the suit is without merit. "Mr. Cameron was demonstrably the author of 'Avatar,'” Fields said. “We can prove that, and we intend to prove that in court.” Cameron was previously sued in December by Eric Ryder, who claimed that Avatar was lifted from his story K.R.Z. 2068. He wrote the story in 1999, when he was working for Cameron. However, the project shut down in 2002 because it was believed that filmgoers would not be interested in an environmentally-themed science fiction movie. Ryder claimed that he had an agreement with Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, to develop a movie based on one of his stories. His story allegedly centers on a spy who experiences a spiritual transformation and revolts against his own corporation to help the natives he’s ingratiated himself with.