New Line, Tolkien Heirs Settle 'Lord Of The Rings' Suit

Law360, New York (September 8, 2009, 6:22 PM EDT) -- Author J.R.R. Tolkien's heirs and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. have reached a settlement with New Line Cinema Corp. in a breach of contract suit accusing the movie studio of not paying the plaintiffs their fair share of the billions of dollars in revenue generated from the “Lord of the Rings” films.

The deal removes a potential hurdle to New Line's development of two new films based on "The Hobbit."

Scott Rowe, a spokesman for Warner Brothers Entertainment, which acquired New Line in March 2008, said Tuesday that...
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