Universal May Have To Open Books For 'Smokey' Producer

Law360, Los Angeles (August 19, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT) -- A California state judge on Friday ruled that Universal City Studios LLC may have to open its books to a producer of “Smokey and the Bandit” who claims he's owed profits from the iconic 1977 film, but trimmed other claims from the breach of contract suit.

Judge Luis A. Lavin denied in part and granted in part Universal's demurrer motion, saying Mort Engelberg presented a viable claim by asserting that an agreement from 1977 with co-defendant Rastar Films Inc., a production company, gives him the right...
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