From the AP:
David Chase was in federal court Wednesday to defend his role in creating the Emmy-winning HBO mob drama, "The Sopranos."
The case was brought by a former New Jersey municipal court judge who claims his ideas helped Chase come up with the plot for the show.
Well, Chase did "steal" from himself for storylines to use in 'The Sopranos'. The sub-plot about the two wannabes who tried to whack "Christophuh" to get in the good graces with Tony was lifted from an episode of 'The Rockford Files', "The Jersey Bounce".
"Jim and Coop investigate further and discover Amodeus’ girlfriend is the sister of gangster Artie Nodzak, and figure out that Eugene and Mickey killed Amodeus to gain respect from Nodzak."
Greg Antonacci, who played Eugene Conigliaro in that episode (and who appeared in another 'Rockford' episode that might have served as a pilot for him and his on-screen cohort Eugene Davis), later showed up in 'The Sopranos'.
David Chase wrote that episode, based on a story by him, Stephen Cannell, and Juanita Bartlett.
Just sayin', is all.....