1:14pm PT by Ashley Cullins
Clint Eastwood Classics Lawsuit Against MGM Gets Dropped
The duel between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and P.E.A. Films over classic Clint Eastwood movies has been called off.
P.E.A.'s decision to drop its remaining claims comes just a week after the latest draw ended in MGM's favor.
The fight began in 2014, after P.E.A. claimed an audit showed MGM had been underpaying for its distribution rights to For a Few Dollars More; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; and the Marlon Brando-led Last Tango in Paris.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell dismissed with prejudice P.E.A.'s misclassification claim that MGM had artificially lowered its payments due by errantly classifying Fox as a servicing company instead of as a subdistributor. The wording of the dismissal was amended Friday, per an ex parte request from P.E.A., to read dismissed without leave to amend.
P.E.A. voluntarily dismissed with prejudice its remaining claims against MGM on Friday.
Neither side has commented on the dismissal.