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Will Brad Pitt be Sued by Universal?

What does the writers strike, the success or failure of the movie “State of Play” and contract law all have in common? They will all factor in to Universal’s decision about suing Brad Pitt in the future.

678902_contract_3.jpgPitt pulled out of the movie last month. It is believed that Pitt was unhappy with script rewrites and due to the writers strike and shooting schedule, further changes could not be made.

Universal issued this statement: “Brad Pitt has left the Universal Pictures production of State of Play. We remain committed to this project and to the filmmakers, cast members, crew and others who are also involved in making the movie. We reserve all rights in this matter.”

There are an almost infinite number of factors involved in assessing any breach of contract lawsuit.

A few of the common ones in business contracts include: Which party drafted the contract? Are the terms clear and concise or subject to interpretation? Was there a “meeting of the minds”? Was there an exchange of value? Was there full disclosure or possible fraud?

Not being a mind reader (and not having seen the contract), I won’t try to predict whether Universal will file suit. But the last sentence in their statement “We reserve all rights in this matter.” literally shouts that they are giving it serious consideration.

And the latest news? Russell Crowe has stepped in to take the lead in “State of Play”.

If you have a contract law dispute and are wondering what to do, contact me personally. There is never a charge for an initial consultation and you need to know where you stand.

Rich Oppenheim
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