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‘Dumb and Dumber’ Producers Withdraw Racketeering Claim Against Red Granite

Brad Krevoy and Steve Stable have withdrawn their racketeering complaint against Red Granite Pictures.

Stabler and Krevoy claimed in March that Red Granite’s principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland had funded the company “with monies that include proceeds from unlawful activities,” and that the money has been used to finance the “Dumb and Dumber” sequel and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Red Granite had asserted that the claim was “false, malicious and baseless” with no facts to back it up.

In a filing Wednesday, attorneys for Krevoy and Stabler made request for dismissal “with prejudice” — meaning that the racketeering claim cannot be revived. The document makes no mention of a settlement, however.

Red Granite had filed a suit against Krevoy and Stabler last year, seeking a declaration that the duo — producers on the 1994 original “Dumb and Dumber”– had no claim on the sequel, “Dumb and Dumber To.”

Krevoy and Stabler then filed a counterclaim, contending that a written agreement from 1994 gave them a right of first negotiation for sequels and remakes on terms as least as favorable to the original, and that Red Granite assumed that obligation when it purchased the rights. They contended in that claim that they were owed a minimum of $400,000 in front end compensation as well as producing credits.

Krevoy and Stabler then made the racketeering allegations in an amended complaint on March 25.

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Universal is releasing the low-brow sequel on Nov. 14 release with Carrey and Daniels  returning as the dim-witted pair Lloyd and Harry. The Farrelly brothers are producing and directing the film along with Aziz, Charles Wessler, Bradley Thomas and McFarland.

Attorneys were not immediately available for comment.

Krevoy and Stabler are represented by Bryan Freedman, Steven Formaker and Steven Stiglitz of Freedman and Taitelman. Red Granite is represented by Patty Glaser, Paul Salvaty and Camilla Chan of Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro.

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