I was under the same impression you are, that unless there are provable financial damages, an intellectual property case must be tried in a different level of court. In addition? I did not produce the project but was hired (sort of) to film it. So I was a part of the project under the guise that the synopsis was always owned by the producer (which it was).
So I'm not sure how I could be held liable for a project i was brought into shoot? Or is this liable by association IF the judge decides that?
And no, It was indeed intellectual property theft. He claims the producer owes him money for the synopsis he drafted, then that the ideas were his. He placed a value of $2,000 on that but never explained what the $2,000 entailed? The film was shot for $0 and has made no money or went into public circulation.
My company is a completely separate entity that was pulled into this because we shot it? But had nothing to do with the original situation.. plus, we changed the outline of the project before shooting and wrote a fresh script (that is what is registered with the WGAw).
You have already received $2000 worth of free legal advice. Time now to consult an IP attorney, Attorney Napoli would be great. Another fine one is Maurice Ross, whom you can locate with the Find A Lawyer tab. Either one can in short order get to the bottom of this and steer you in the right direction, but neither is that cheap so get right to the point and maximize whatever free time you get.
Thanks for your time.