Ala. Judge Sends Broadway 'Mockingbird' Dispute To NY

By Jack Newsham (May 8, 2018, 5:12 PM EDT) -- An Alabama federal judge ruled Monday that he would not exercise his authority to hear a case brought by the estate of novelist Harper Lee against the producer of a Broadway version of her classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," putting the dispute on course for trial next month.


U.S. District Judge William H. Steele concluded the dispute fell under his jurisdiction but that it made more sense to transfer the case to New York, where producer Scott Rudin and the show's cast and crew reside. The ruling means a countersuit filed by Rudin's company in Manhattan can continue its swift...

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