‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: Judge Rules in Favor of CAA in Discovery Dispute

A New York Supreme Court Judge said that CAA does not have to turn over documents from a range of clients who are not involved with AMC Networks, reiterating a prior decision she made in favor of Frank Darabont and his agency as they pursue a profit participation and self-dealing case against the cabler over the returns from “The Walking Dead.”

Judge Eileen Bransten’s ruling reflected what she indicated in an August hearing.

AMC Networks had argued that documents detailing CAA deal-making would shed light on what is industry custom and practice, fair market value and good faith negotiation.

But Bransten said that what other parties received from networks and studios other than AMC was not relevant.

Darabont and CAA sued AMC Networks in December, claiming the cable channel “has been engaged in the improper and abusive practice of ‘self-dealing'” and that they are owed tens of millions of dollars.

AMC Networks denies their claim, and a spokesman said, “Today’s hearing was procedural and nothing that happened is new or changes the fact that this case is meritless.” There is no word yet on whether they will appeal her ruling.

Darabont and CAA’s legal team said, in a statement, “We are pleased that the Court reaffirmed her ruling denying AMC’s outrageous and harassing requests for CAA’s nonparty client files.  We look forward to vindicating our clients’ rights at trial.”

Darabont and CAA are represented by Dale Kinsella, Chad Fitzgerald and Aaron Liskin at Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser Kump & Aldisert in Los Angeles and Jerry Bernstein, Harris Cogan and Nicholas Tambone of Blank Rome in New York. AMC is represented by John Berlinski, Mansi Shah, Mark Kasowitz and Aaron Marks of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

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