ARBITRATION

Scarlett Johannson’s Attorney Slaps At Disney For Wanting To Move Her “Black Widow” Lawsuit Into Arbitration

Johnny Depp v. Amber Head, step aside (but watch for the turds). Angelina Jolie v. Brad Pitt, have a fucking seat. Because the newest Hollywood divorce fight between Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Mouse is getting messier. Disney wants to legally battle ScarJo behind closed doors, which is a little surprising to me since Mickey Mouse is a greedy bitch and you’d think he’d want to sell Pay-Per-View tickets to his oil wrestling match with ScarJo (I’m guessing that’s how they’re going to settle this mess). But ScarJo’s head lawyer, John Berlinski, wants the case to be fought in public and thinks that Mickey Mouse is shaking with fear over the truth being revealed!

Last month, ScarJo sued Marvel’s parent company, Disney, over breach of contract, claiming that she has lost millions upon millions in back-end bonuses from Disney’s simultaneous release of Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access. ScarJo’s legal team believes that Black Widow’s release on Disney+ boosted subscriptions and made a lot of money for the company while screwing her out of box office bonuses. In their initial response, Disney sharpened their shanks and accused ScarJo of being a cold-hearted greedy demon for not being understanding about their decision to also release Black Widow on their streaming service due to the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

One of Disney’s lawyers, Daniel Petrocelli, already dragged ScarJo for making her lawsuit so public and called it a “highly orchestrated PR campaign” to get the people on her side. And Variety reports that Disney recently filed a motion to push the breach of contract lawsuit into arbitration. Mickey wants to put a “Privacy Please” sign on that shit. In their motion, Disney added that ScarJo’s contract states that Black Widow must get a “wide theatrical” release, but it doesn’t mention that the release needs to be “exclusive” to theaters. Disney also claims that they agreed to add streaming revenue to Black Widow’s box office total so she’d get a bigger backend bonus. They didn’t have to do it. They did it out of the goodness of their giving hearts!

In the motion to compel arbitration, Petrocelli argued that “Black Widow” actually performed well, considering the ongoing pandemic. The film opened on July 9 and grossed $80 million domestically in its opening weekend — well below pre-pandemic Marvel standards, but $10 million more than Universal’s “F9” — which was an exclusive theatrical release.

Disney also notes that it agreed to add streaming receipts to the box office total for purposes of calculating Johansson’s backend participation, despite not being required under the contract to do so.

Johansson’s contract dates from 2017, two years before the debut of Disney Plus, so its terms do not contemplate a streaming release. Johansson’s lawyers have argued that Marvel’s general counsel affirmed in 2019 that the studio would release the film “like our other pictures.”

Disney previously said that ScarJo got paid $20 million for the movie.

Disney also accused ScarJo of playing shady. FYI: Periwinkle Entertainment is the company that ScarJo negotiated her contract through and the lawsuit’s official plaintiff.

“Whether Periwinkle’s claims against Disney fall within the scope of that agreement is not a close call: Periwinkle’s interference and inducement claims are premised on Periwinkle’s allegation that Marvel breached the contract’s requirement that any release of ‘Black Widow’ include a ‘wide theatrical release’ on ‘no less than 1,500 screens.”

In a futile effort to evade this unavoidable result (and generate publicity through a public filing), Periwinkle excluded Marvel as a party to this lawsuit — substituting instead its parent company Disney under contract-interference theories… But longstanding principles do not permit such gamesmanship.”

While ScarJo is busy with her and Colin Jost’s new baby son, Cosmo Johansson-Jost (aka CoJoJo), her lawyer John Berlinski spanked those babies at Disney for wanting to make this legal fight private. This is John’s statement:

“After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?

Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalize box office receipts in order to boost Disney+ subscriptions. Yet that is exactly what happened – and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.”

I know that slapping at tricks in legal talk is all part of John Berlinski’s job, but these statements are covered with an extra layer of fuck you. Dude can’t wait to take down Disney. So what happened? Did Mickey Mouse seduce his mom and break up his parent’s marriage (highly possible)? Has he decided that he needs to be the one to get revenge on Disney for how the murder of Bambi’s mom destroyed our childhoods and took away our innocence? Did a Dalmation kick his kitten once and he hates how Disney continues to show the Dalmation community in a sympathetic light? Who knows, but I do know that we need a John Berlinski origin story.

Pic: Disney

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Source: https://dlisted.com/2021/08/22/scarlett-johannsons-attorney-slaps-at-disney-for-wanting-to-move-her-black-widow-lawsuit-into-arbitration/