MPAA Blasts Suit Targeting Film Studios Over Smoking Scenes

Law360, Los Angeles (May 2, 2016, 5:07 PM EDT) -- The Motion Picture Association of America Inc. and six of Hollywood's largest film studios on Friday urged a California federal judge to toss a proposed class action accusing them of negligently allowing tobacco imagery and smoking scenes into movies rated suitable for children.

The MPAA — an association that controls the film-rating service and represents the studios — argued that the suit should be stricken under California's anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation statute because it targets movie ratings, which the MPAA says are a form of free speech.

California resident Timothy Forsyth, whose sons are 12 and 13 years old, claims...

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