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Kevin Williamson Lawsuit

Kevin Williamson Lawsuit

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COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYRELIEF28Plaintiff,TheWeinsteinCompanyLLC,herebyallegesasfollows:l.TheWeinsteinCompanyLLC("TWC")isalimitedliabilitycompanydoingbusinessinCaliforniaandelsewhereasamotionpictureproduceranddistributor.2.TWCisinformedandbelieves,andbasedthereonalleges,thatdefendant
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4.Inthatdispute,TWecontendedthatWilliamsonwasinmaterialbreachofhisobligationswithrespectto
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4andhadcausedTWCsubstantialdamagesbyreasonofthatbreach.7.InoraboutMay2010,TWeandWilliamsonenteredintoawrittenagreementsettlingtheirdispute("theSettlementAgreement").Amongotherthings,theSettlementAgreementprovidedforthepaymenttoWilliamsonofsubstantialsumsofmoneytowhichhewouldnototherwisehavebeenentitled.
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alsorelievedWilliamsonofhisfuturecontractualobligationstoTWCwithrespectto
Scream
4,containedareleaseofclaimswhichthepartieshadagainsteachotherinconnectionwithaprioragreement,andaddressedtheparties'rightsinconnectionwithcertainlistedmotionpictureprojects.8.TWChaspaid,andWilliamsonhasaccepted,thecashsumspayabletoWilliamsonundertheSettlementAgreement;andTWCisinnorespectinbreachofthatagreement.WilliamsonacceptedsuchpaymentswithfullknowledgeofthecontentsoftheSettlementAgreement,includingthelistormotionpictureprojectsTWCwasto28control.
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Scream
4ortoreleasehimfromitsclaimtodamages.11.WilliamsoncontendsthattheSettlementAgreementcorrectlysetsforththeagreementoftheparties,andthat,inincluding
Shadows
inthelistofpicturestowhichTWerefers,theSettlementAgreementmerelyconfirmsWilliamson'sentitlementtocertainpaymentswithrespectto
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andthat,notwithstanding
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inclusioninthatlist,Williamsoncontinuestobetheexclusiveownerof
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andthemoneyhewaspaidpursuanttotheSettlementAgreementandthat,becauseofthereleaseintheSettlementAgreement,heisfreeofTWC'srighttohisfutureserviceson
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4ortodamagesfromhisclaimedbreach.12.Inlightoftheforegoing,anactualcontroversyexistsbetweenthepartieswithrespecttotheirrightsinrespectof
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andajudicialdeclarationisneededatthistimesothepartiesmayknowtheirrespectiverightswithrespectthereto.WHEREFORE,TWCpraysforjudgmentasfollows:1.Forajudicialdeclarationthatitisexclusivelyentitledtoexploit
Shadows;
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