TV Producer Allen Evades Suit Over Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Law360, Los Angeles (December 14, 2012, 4:57 PM EST) -- A California judge on Friday threw out a contractual interference suit accusing television show producer Byron Allen of killing another movie project about Hollywood icon Sammy Davis Jr., agreeing with Allen that a rival producer does not own the rights to Davis Jr.'s life story.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason granted Allen's anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation motion to dismiss two interference claims and sustained demurrers to two others arising out of a February 2011 deal the other producer, Rick Appling, made with Davis Jr.'s daughter that he said assigned him the rights to make the biopic. Appling filed...

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