Vivendi Calls $400M 'Spinal Tap' Royalties Claim 'Absurd'

Law360, New York (February 28, 2017, 6:02 PM EST) -- French media giant Vivendi SA blasted back Tuesday at a lawsuit claiming it underpaid royalties for the cult classic "This Is Spinal Tap," calling the suit's demand of $400 million in damages "absurd."

The studio's filing in California federal court came in the form of a limited motion seeking to dismiss the movie's actors — Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner and Michael McKean — as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, but Vivendi didn't exactly hold back on what it thinks about the case as a whole.

"Plaintiffs may not like the fact that they have not received anything close to the...

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