A Cape Breton man who wanted a piece of the pie for helping invent Trivial Pursuit has lost his lawsuit against the board game's creators.
ANova Scotia Supreme Court judge ruled Monday against David H. Wall, of Sydney, who claimed he came up with the idea for the popular game.
Justice David MacAdam said not a single witness supported Wall's claim. The judge did not rule on who will pay for the lawsuit, first filed 13 years ago.
Wall said he's disappointed with the ruling, and he and his lawyer Kevin MacDonald will decide whether to appeal after carefully reviewing the decision.
During the trial, Wall testified that in 1979, he was hitchhiking when he was picked upby Christopher Haney, one of the inventors of Trivial Pursuit. Wall said he shared his idea for the game with Haney during that drive.
But, Wall said, it wasn't until 1982 that he realized Haney and his partners were producing and selling Trivial Pursuit, which tests players' knowledge of trivia in various categories. He filed his lawsuit in 1994.
The game is now sold in 33 countries, and made Haney and his partners millionaires.
Haney, who was a photo editor at the Montreal Gazette when the game wasinvented, testified last summer that he never picked up Wall as a hitchhiker, and described the lawsuit as a "frivolous action."
Wall's lawyer had argued the lawsuit was "a matter of rightness.
"At that time, Mr. Haney agreed that he wouldn't use Mr. Wall's idea, and he subsequently used it. And that's what the case is about," MacDonald said last spring.