Michael Keaton Can't Dodge Suit Over Film Flop

Law360, Los Angeles (August 14, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday shot down Michael Keaton's request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of breaching his contractual obligations with a box-office bomb that he directed, ruling that the film's production company may have signed a settlement agreement under duress.

The judge found that the production company, Merry Gentleman LLC, acquiesced to the "Batman" actor's demand that his version of "The Merry Gentleman" be shown at the Sundance Film Festival only because the actor had threatened to boycott the festival, which could have...
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