Green v (1) White Lantern (2) SMC [2023] EWHC 930 (Ch)

Judgment Date: 28 Apr 23

The High Court held that the actor, Ms Eva Green, was entitled to payment of her fee of $1million in respect of the collapsed film “A Patriot” and dismissed the Defendant and Additional Claimant’s claims against Ms Green in full.

Jones v Lydon (No.1)

Judgment Date: 22 Aug 21

The Claimants, Steve Jones and Paul Cook (respectively, the band’s guitarist and drummer), were represented by Edmund Cullen QC, leading Edward Granger. The First Defendant, John Lydon (the band’s frontman, and professionally known as “Johnny Rotten”) was represented by Mark Cunningham QC (leading Amanda Michaels from Hogarth Chambers)....

Active Media Services Inc v Burmester, Duncker & Joly Gmbh & Co KG and others [2021]

Judgment Date: 09 Feb 21

Summary Mr Justice Calver has dismissed a claim in the Commercial Court worth over US$3 million relating to financing of an animated film. The case raised interesting issues relating to election, waiver and estoppel, and the inferences to be drawn from a party’s deliberate destruction and concealment of evidence....

European Film Bonds A/S & other v Lotus Holdings LLC & others [2020]

Judgment Date: 11 May 20

Summary The High Court has given judgment in favour of film completion guarantors (represented by Edmund Cullen QC) who have successfully avoided a potential liability of over €18 million in what is said to have been one of the largest film completion guarantee claims to have been submitted. Facts The Claimants...

Warner Music UK Ltd & Ors v TuneIn Inc [2021] EWCA Civ 441

Judgment Date: 01 Nov 19

Summary A service enabling users, via a website or app, to access internet music radio stations around the world had communicated copyright works to the public contrary to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 s.20 where the radio stations were not licensed in the UK or elsewhere, where they were...

European Film Bonds v Lotus Holdings LLC (2019)

Judgment Date: 25 Jul 19

Summary The court declined to stay proceedings under the Arbitration Act 1996 s.9 where an arbitration agreement in a film completion guarantee covered the issue whether completion and delivery of the film had occurred but not the issue between the parties as to whether in the circumstances completion and delivery was...