HBO 'Neverland' Arbitration Row Paused In Anti-SLAPP Effort

Law360, Los Angeles (July 15, 2019, 9:21 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday held back on deciding whether the estate of Michael Jackson's breach of contract suit over HBO's "Leaving Neverland" documentary should go to arbitration right away, instead allowing HBO to address First Amendment issues underlying the allegations it disparaged Jackson's character.

At a hearing in downtown Los Angeles, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu entertained a short oral argument over the estate's motion to compel arbitration regarding a 1992 agreement between HBO and the estate before deciding he would not rule on the matter without first giving the network a chance to file an anti-SLAPP motion,...

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