11:30am PT by Ashley Cullins
Judge Declines to Stop Jenni Rivera Series From Airing
A Univision series about late Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera is set to air as planned, but her former business manager can't divulge any more information about her life until at least February, a California judge has ruled.
Jenni Rivera Enterprises, which is controlled by the late star's heirs, asked the court for a temporary restraining order to keep portions of a Univision series about Rivera's life that contain confidential information from airing and to keep her ex-business manager, Pete Salgado, from sharing further private information.
Rivera's family sued in September, claiming Salgado violated a nondisclosure agreement by sharing information for the series and in his upcoming book. Latin World Entertainment Holdings and co-producers BTF Media and Dhana Media are also named as defendants in the suit. The Univision series, titled Su verdadero nombre era Dolores (Her Real Name Was Dolores), was announced just days after the family revealed its own biopic plans.
L.A. Superior Court judge Michael Raphael on Wednesday granted the family's ex parte application — but only as it relates to Salgado's future conduct. He is not allowed to use or disclose any information related to Rivera's business, financial or personal affairs. The series itself has finished production and won't be affected by Salgado's restraint, and the court's order doesn't necessarily preclude him from marketing the show. The TRO will expire on Feb. 27, the date of a hearing on the order to show cause, which will determine if the order will remain in place.
Raphael on Wednesday also largely denied an anti-SLAPP motion filed by the producers. He found that the production of the series, and Salgado's contribution to it, arises from free speech and could be entitled to protection under the statute — but also that JRE's claims against the defendants are substantial enough to survive the motion. Raphael granted the motion as to an unfair competition claim. (Read the order in full here.)
Salgado is represented by Howard King; the producers are represented by Martin Singer, Andrew Brettler and James Sammataro; and Jenni Rivera Enterprises is represented by Bert Deixler and Robert Dugdale.
Dec. 22, 3:00 p.m. Updated with new information about a decision on the anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss.