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‘Spinal Tap’ co-creators OK to aim for $400 M fraud case against Vivendi

Sinaler Tap members, from left, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) performing in London, July 7, 2007.

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The creators of the 1984 comedy film “This Is Spinal Tap” won a major victory in a California court on Tuesday, after a federal judge allowed Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, to pursue a fraud claim against media conglomerate Vivendi.

U. S. District Judge Dolly Gee said StudioCanal, which is owned by Vivendi, broke her agreement with the plantiffs by the failure to provide the required accounting statements, in addition to the “individual nefarious accounting practices to hide and underreport” profit, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which cited details of the ruling.

The plantiffs, who claimed Vivendi’s actions are intentional, are seeking $ 400 million in damages and related merchandising and music, the outlet reported.

According to Deadline.com the plaintiffs claimed in their original lawsuit that Vivendi linked the four creators of the share of the total worldwide merchandising revenues have more than 22 years at $81, and their share in the total music sales income of more than 17 years at $98.

‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Creators Get Court OK To Pursue Fraud Claim In Lawsuit https://t.co/DV9P3QTNdC pic.twitter.com/0lzfsQrqp1

— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) 29 August 2018

The co-creators also tried unsuccessfully to sue the Universal Music Group – another subsidiary of Vivendi. However, the court granted the plantiffs consent to the filing of an amended complaint, the outlet reported.

A claim against UMG in connection with music rights is still active.

“Spinal Tap” was a “mockumentary” that followed the fictional British band as it started on a trip around the world, that went wrong.

 

Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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