Judge Has Change Of Heart On Row Over De Niro Dud

Law360, Los Angeles (December 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EST) -- A California judge on Tuesday said he plans to reverse a decision that would have forced an independent film production company into arbitration over its claim that Millennium Films Inc. and Nu Image Inc. duped it into investing almost $6 million in the 2010 Robert De Niro flop “Stone.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kenneth Freeman told attorneys that the alleged fraud arose from Mimran Schur Pictures LLC's investment agreement, which contained no arbitration clause. Judge Freeman's change of heart marks a shift from his August...
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