Judge signs off on 'Watchmen' truce


Lawyers for Fox and Warner Bros. announced in federal court that the contentious "Watchmen" case has been resolved. "The matter is fully and finally settled," Fox attorney Louis Karasik said Friday after Judge Gary Feess said that, while he had read a lot about the settlement in the newspapers, there was "nothing in my docket."

Fox's attorney said that a stipulation for dismissal would be filed later in the day.

Through Karasik, Fox thanked the court for "the careful management of the case," the long hours of consideration put into it and for working over the Christmas holiday. (Feess made his ruling that Fox owned distribution rights to the movie Dec. 24.)

Feess accepted the thank yous, quipping that Warners might not feel the same way, to which Warners attorney Steven Marenberg said, "We also thank you for the time you spent on the case."

Like all good superhero battles, or even Hollywood movies for that matter, the door was left open with the slightly ominous suggestion that another villain could be lurking.

"It may be over between the two of you," Feess said, "but who knows what else will show up one day?"