Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hollywood Conflicts Allegations Always Make Headlines

(You are about to witness the strength of risk knowledge.)

Straight out of the Hollywood Reporter comes: "Judge Asked to Disqualify Universal's Law Firm From 'Straight Outta Compton' Suit" --
  • "After a brief pause, thanks to the death of the plaintiff, former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller's defamation lawsuit over Universal's Straight Outta Compton is again live. The first order of business is a motion that aims to kick Universal's attorneys at Greenberg Traurig off the case."
  • "But before he died, Heller didn't appreciate Paul Giamatti's depiction of him in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, so he filed a lawsuit claiming that the film defamed him by holding him responsible for breaking up the group and taking advantage of the artists, including Dr. Dre and Ice Cube."
  • "In a motion to disqualify on Monday, the plaintiff points to communications between Jerry Heller and well-known Greenberg Traurig partner Joel Katz and contends there's a conflict. 'Specifically, in or around 1992-1993, Ruthless Records and Jerry Heller engaged Joel Katz, and Joel Katz advised Jerry Heller regarding subjects of legal issues substantially related and material to this case, specifically, involving defamation allegations against Defendant O'Shea Jackson, Sr.. p/k/a/ 'Ice Cube.''"
  • "Nevertheless, according to the law papers, Katz provided advice to Heller about suing over the Ice Cube song "No Vaseline." Those who are N.W.A fans or who have seen Straight Outta Compton will recognize this track. It's the one that Cube authored after his departure from the group and was a direct attack on his former groupmates. In the film, after Giamatti's character listens to "No Vaseline," he's irate and even threatens to get the Jewish Anti-Defamation League involved."
And Law360 reports:
  • "The estate's motion to have Greenberg Traurig removed argues that Heller shared confidences with Katz relevant to the current suit, including details about Heller’s broken relationship with Ice Cube and money disputes. That information could give the defendants an unfair advantage against Heller or at least raise the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Heller estate said, calling on the court to “err on the side of caution” and disqualify Greenberg."
  • "'This motion is meritless, as we believe will be shown when the motion is fully briefed,' a Greenberg spokesperson said."

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