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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Warner Brothers Sued By Tin Man Heir

WBThe estate of Jack Harley Jr., late son of the actor who played the tin man in the Wizard of OZ, sued Warner Brothers (WB) just before their 75th anniversary. The legal action centers on the alleged breach of fiduciary duties. Jack Jr. is alleging that WB is "choking off" a documentary unless it is given full rights to it. Plaintiff's are moving for a summary judgment claiming they are the 50% owners of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making Of A Movie Classic. Additionally, the estate is seeking unspecified damages, attorney fees, and an accounting of profits. The suit also claims that WB has wanted all the rights to the docu for $150,000. The entire list of defendants on the complaint is Warner Brother Pictures, Warner Home Video, and Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc. 

See Dominic Patten Warner Bros Sued By Estate of 'Wizard Of Oz' Star's Heir Over Docu, Deadline.com,  Oct. 31, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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