A Los Angeles jury has ordered Warner Bros to pay Hollywood legends Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter $3.2 million in unpaid profits for ripping them off for a series of movies licensed in packages to TV and cable stations. The case was being watched closely not only because of how old some of the pics were — Blade Runner (1982), Chariots of Fire (1981), the Police Academy series (starting in 1984) — but because it once again challenged the majors’ way of doing business that always benefits them and often screws everybody else. “I hope it makes a difference in the accounting process in this business,” Laddie told The Hollywood Reporter ESQ after the verdict. “The studios should stop being corrupt. When they start being honest, this business will change.” A Warner Bros. spokesperson said: “While we are disappointed by the jury’s verdict, we understand their confusion over damages. We will now look at this entire proceeding and hope to rectify this erroneous decision at this level or on appeal.” Ladd and Kanter first sued the studio in 2003. Today’s jury unanimously found the studio breached its duties to them, then the panel ruled 10-2 to adopt the duo’s suggested damage calculations for 12 films produced by the Ladd Co., or $3.2 million. (The judge limited damages to four years before the filing of the lawsuit.) Laddie also tried to sue the studio on other issues, like when Warner’s omitted the Ladd Co. credit from various packaging and end-credit sequences on the films, but the judge threw out those claims last week.
Laddie Wins Big $$$ From Warner Bros
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