Vindication for Defendants In Lawsuit Re “Broken Flowers” (2007)

June 8, 2007

Martin v. Vivendi Universal Entertainment, et. al.

LP&S represented director Jim Jarmusch and producer Focus Features in this action where the plaintiff, a screenwriting instructor at New York University, initially brought claims of copyright infringement, implied contract (idea submission) and interference with business relationships based on defendants’ alleged use of his concept in the 2005 motion picture Broken Flowers starring Bill Murray.  LP&S first obtained a dismissal of the business relationship claim, and then succeeded in prompting plaintiff to drop his copyright infringement claim in response to defendants’ notice they intended to move for summary judgment on it.  LP&S followed these victories by obtaining a favorable jury trial verdict for defendants on plaintiff’s remaining idea submission claim.  An LP&S partner also commented on this highly publicized lawsuit for media outlets including National Public Radio.