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Scott wants $20 million back from Digital Domain

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida officials want to recoup the $20 million in taxpayer funds they invested in Digital Domain now that the visual effects studio is facing bankruptcy.

Gov. Rick Scott directed the state's Department of Economic Opportunity to hire lawyers to represent the state in bankruptcy court.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida officials claim Digital Domain broke its contract by not notifying the state it was filing for bankruptcy.

It's the latest twist in the fate of the digital film program, which was designed to use college students, paying them tuition to work on films.

Florida State University President Eric Barron made a pitch Thursday to keep Digital Domain in West Palm Beach, saying talks are under way with four other companies interested in replacing Digital Domain.

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