'Crash' Director Drives Home With $12M Award

Law360, Los Angeles (February 3, 2014, 6:50 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Friday sided with screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, actor Brendan Fraser, and another writer of the Academy Award-winning film “Crash" in their breach-of-contract and compensation suit against Persik Productions Inc., finding that a district court’s award of $12 million to the trio should stand.

The appellate panel was unpersuaded by Persik's argument that the writers and actor weren’t cheated out of their investment in the film, finding instead that when the production company — run by producer Bob Yari — shared...
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