Author Clive Cussler's legal battle with the producers of the movie adaptation of his book Sahara is set to start up again after a California appeals court overturned a $5 million (£3.1 million) judgment against the writer.
Cussler was ordered to pay $5 million to Crusader Entertainment bosses after losing a contract dispute with the movie executives over the flop 2005 film, which starred Matthew MCConaughey and Penelope Cruz.
Cussler initially sued Crusader chiefs in 2004, claiming they did not honour his contract to have approval over the film's screenplay.
The movie bosses countersued, alleging the author refused to help promote the film as he had promised.