A selected summary of Southern California-related business litigation developments during the past week.
Comedy Club Owner Files Counterclaims: The owner of “The Laugh Factory” comedy club has filed counterclaims of copyright infringement and breach of confidence against comedian Vic Dunlop and his associate, David Miller, over a movie script. Jamie Masada accused Dunlop and Miller of illegally attempting to market a movie idea derived from Masada’s script “The Comedy College.” The counterclaims were in response to a suit that Dunlop and Miller filed against Masada. They contend they have the rights to the movie proposal. Masada said he created the script about a school for comedians in 1979 and gave a copy to Dunlop “solely for the purpose of determining whether he wanted to act in the (film).” Dunlop negotiated a deal for the proposed movie with Lorimar Productions Inc., which has since acquired an option on a script to be developed by Dunlop and Miller. Masada said he informed Lorimar that he has “no intention of abandoning any rights he had in” his script. He seeks more than $1 million in damages from Dunlop and Miller. (Filing No. 90-4507. Filed Oct. 29, 1990).