Although it may be fashionable to criticize screenplays from days past as quaint and almost cliche in how their plot complications tied up so neatly, a judge in Los Angeles has provided a tidy $6.8 million curtain-closer to a lawsuit over disputed right payments for some older films. In doing so, Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has agreed with plaintiffs that there really was foul play over sums owed to the estates of Foul Play screenwriter Colin Higgins and others.
Berle recently approved a $6.8 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Corp. by Colin Higgins Productions. The suit disputed video royalty payments, and was one of several legal actions filed against Hollywood studios, and now slowly coming to resolution. (more…)