Publicity Firm Must Face Golden Globes Contract Claim

Law360, Los Angeles (July 5, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT) -- A California state judge ruled Tuesday that marketing company The Michael Russell Group LLC must face allegations that it breached a contract by accusing Hollywood Foreign Press Association members of partaking in a “payola scheme” in connection with the Golden Globe Awards.

California Superior Court Judge Kevin C. Brazile held that the Russel Group's litigation privilege was waived when the marketing company signed a confidentiality agreement with the HFPA in 2007 as part of a deal to promote the award show.

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