From Versa Manos:
FILES COUNTERSUIT AGAINST
MORGAN CREEK PRODUCTIONS
OVER RIGHTS TO TUPAC BIOPIC
Tupac's Estate Seeks Millions in Damages for Interference with Economic Benefit and Deceit
Amaru logo LOS ANGELES, CA - Lawyers for Amaru Entertainment filed a cross-complaint against Morgan Creek Productions and James Robinson, Don Hardison and LT Hutton, individuals involved in Morgan Creek's executive affairs. The cross-complaint was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 16, 2009. .
Morgan Creek filed suit against Amaru Entertainment last month, alleging that the company had "backed out of negotiations" and was currently "refusing to honor and perform a contract of a production of the film based on the life of Tupac Shakur." In actuality, there was never a legally binding document; nothing was ever signed and key deal terms were never agreed upon. Morgan Creek threatened other production companies and movie studios, alleging that it "owned" the rights to the Tupac picture when it didn't, effectively killing any other deal Amaru could have made for the picture. Amaru Entertainment now seeks damages for Morgan Creek's lawsuit and their interference in the company's business.
Skip Miller of Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles, attorney for Amaru Entertainment, says: "The Morgan Creek lawsuit is heavy-handed interference with the Tupac movie. It has no merit whatsoever. Our cross-complaint is going to result in Morgan Creek having to pay millions in compensatory and punitive damages for harming our business."
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