Judge rules against Uwe Boll

Fantastic Films claimed breach of contract and libel

A Los Angeles judge has confirmed a $2.1 million arbitration award against German filmmaker Uwe Boll over a breach of contract and libel claim by sales arm Fantastic Films International.

Fantastic Films and owner Roxane Barbat, which had exclusive worldwide sales rights to Boll's films, claimed breach of contract and libel against the producer.

An arbitrator found Boll had either taken those deals away from FFI or failed to pay commissions on several films sold internationally to more than 45 countries, including "Bloodrayne," "In the Name of the King" and "Postal." The court confirmed the arbitration award Nov. 5.

The judgment includes $200,000 in damages to Barbat for her libel claims that Boll sent e-mail to FFI buyers disparaging the company.

Boll's publicist in Canada could not be reached for comment.

The court also confirmed the arbitrator's findings that Boll's testimony was not credible about events that conflicted with e-mails sent from Boll to Barbat, said Lincoln Bandlow, her Century City lawyer.

"My clients are pleased that the arbitrator's rulings, as confirmed by the court, acknowledge my clients' hard work in securing numerous distribution deals on behalf of Mr. Boll and his films, and the judgment simply allows that hard work to finally be rewarded," Bandlow said.
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