Feuds of the Year

In Hollywood, threats and lawsuits are as common as a Prius on a studio lot. So it takes a special level of rancor to make THR's inaugural list of the nastiest legal feuds of the year. Litigants were judged on the dollar value of the disputes as well as for their overall personal animosity.

Litigant of 2011!: Harvey Weinstein
Harvey's disputes require two A-list litigators: Bert Fields in Los Angeles and David Boies in New York.

  • v. Michael Moore: The filmmaker, whose relationship with Harvey goes back years, sued the Weinstein Co. in February, alleging millions in withheld profits from Fahrenheit 9/11. "No settlement. No interest in one," Moore said in April.
     
  • v. Ryan Kavanaugh: Weinstein sued Relativity Media in April over distribution rights to the planned remake of The Crow. Kavanaugh countered, claiming Harvey botched the release of the Relativity-produced Nine. A judge sent the case to arbitration.
     
  • v. The Hoodwinked! Filmmakers: Tony Leech (above) and Brian Inerfeld sued for $54 million in March, claiming TWC sabotaged their follow-up to the hit 2005 cartoon, then offered hush money to delay filing suit until after the Oscars.
     
  • v. Cathy Konrad: The Scream producer this year settled her $3 million lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. after being booted off Scream 4, which she alleged was developed behind her back.

Howard Stern v. Mel Karmazin
The former buddies are warring in court and in the press over Stern's claim that he's owed $75 million in bonuses for helping exceed Sirius subscriber goals. The Sirius CEO says Stern is taking undue credit for subscribers won from the merger with XM.

Quentin Tarantino v. Alan Ball
In March, the filmmaker sued his L.A. neighbor and True Blood showrunner for maintain-ing an outdoor aviary, where exotic macaws "emit blood-curdling screams at random intervals for seven to eight hours a day." The case settled.

Joel Silver v. Goldman Sachs
The Sherlock Holmes producer is boldly suing the investment giant for allegedly stiffing him on $30 million from deals related to his Dark Castle production company. Goldman called the case, which is still pending, "absurd" and "implausible."

The Winkelvoss Twins v. Mark Zuckerberg
The brothers dropped one part of their claim that they were duped into a $65 million settlement of the lawsuit featured in The Social Network. But they are still pressing a claim that Facebook "suppressed evidence" during negotiations.

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