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08-6053-Cv Streit v Twentieth Century Fox Appellants' Brf 2-9-09 (2)

08-6053-Cv Streit v Twentieth Century Fox Appellants' Brf 2-9-09 (2)

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As described in Panda Kroll's blog, http://www.boratlitigation.com - Appeal of dismissal filed 2/9/09 on behalf of Streit et al by Attorney Richard Adams("Dinner Party Plaintiffs").
As described in Panda Kroll's blog, http://www.boratlitigation.com - Appeal of dismissal filed 2/9/09 on behalf of Streit et al by Attorney Richard Adams("Dinner Party Plaintiffs").

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IN THE
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
C
INDY
S
TREIT
, B
EN
K M
C
K
INNON
, M
ICHAEL
M J
ARED
,L
YNN
S J
ARED
, S
ARAH
M
OSELEY
,
Plaintiffs-Appellants,v.
T
WENTIETH
C
ENTURY
F
OX
F
ILM
C
ORPORATION
, O
NE
A
MERICA
P
RODUCTIONS
, I
NC
.,S
PRINGLAND
F
ILMS
, T
ODD
L
EWIS
S
CHULMAN
, M
ONICA
L
EVENSON
, J
ULIE
L
YNN
C
HOUNARD
, S
ACHA
B
ARON
C
OHEN
, E
VERYMAN
P
ICTURES
, G
OLD
 /M
ILLER
P
RODUCTIONS
, D
UNE
E
NTERTAINMENT
, LLC, F
OUR BY
T
WO
P
RODUCTIONS
C
OMPANY
,P
ETER
B
AYNHAM
, J
AN
M
AZER
, A
NTHONY
H
INES
,
 Defendants-Appellees,
M
AJOR
S
TUDIO
P
ARTNERS
, I
NC
.,
 Defendant.
!
!
!
      !
 
BRIEF FOR PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS
A
DAM
R
ICHARDS
LLC
 Attorneys for Plaintiffs-Appellants
40 Fulton StreetNew York, New York 10038212-233-4400
Of Counsel:
Adam Richards
On Appeal from the United States District Court  for the Southern District of New York 
08
-
6053
-
CV 
 
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES...................................................................................iiiJURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT..........................................................................1ISSUES PRESENTED FOR REVIEW.....................................................................2STATEMENT OF THE CASE..................................................................................3STATEMENT OF FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY................................8ARGUMENT..........................................................................................................16I. STANDARD OF REVIEW..................................................................17II. THE DISTRICT COURT’S FINDING THAT THERELEASES EXECUTED BY THE APPELLANTSWERE NOT AMBIGUOUS WAS CLEAR ERROR ANDSHOULD BE REVERSED..................................................................18A.
 
The Release Is Deliberately Misleading, IsUnenforceable And Does Not Contradict The Claimsof Fraud In The Complaint............................................................18B.
 
The Phrase “Documentary Style” is an AmbiguityWhich Cannot be Resolved as a Matter of Law............................23III. THE DISTRICT COURT ERRED BY DISMISSINGAPPELLANTS’ CLAIMS BASED ON THE RELEASESBECAUSE APPELLANTS ALLEGED THAT THERELEASES WERE PROCURED BY FRAUD....................................27A.
 
The Appellants Adequately Pleaded FraudulentInducement Which Is Sufficient To Defeat A MotionTo Dismiss.....................................................................................27
 
 
iiB.
 
The District Court’s Reliance on
 Danann RealtyCorp. v. Harris
Is Misplaced.........................................................32IV. APPELLEES WERE UNDER A DUTY TO DISLCOSETHEIR TRUE IDENTITIES AS WELL AS THE TRUENATURE OF THE FILM......................................................................37CONCLUSION.......................................................................................................40

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