Today also marks a significant victory for SSG’s principal and founder, Johnny Lin. In its five-page opinion, the Court found that CatchPlay failed to state a case against Lin and dismissed him from the action.
Going forward, CatchPlay can no longer attempt to block SSG from licensing upcoming feature film titles – such as The Hunger Games 2 – to distributors of its choice in Taiwan. CatchPlay is also prohibited from interfering with SSG’s existing contractual relationships with major Hollywood studios.
With the bulk of the case thrown out, all that remains is CatchPlay’s breach of contract claim. However, SSG contends that it is CatchPlay, not SSG, in breach and will counterclaim to recover money still owed under its contracts with CatchPlay. In addition, SSG plans to file counterclaims against CatchPlay for trade libel, defamation, interference, and unfair completion based on CatchPlay’s improper assault on SSG’s reputation in the U.S. and Taiwanese film industries.
“From day one, CatchPlay has made patently false statements about my client to anyone and everyone who will listen in an underhanded attempt to sour SSG’s close relationships with top industry players. Not only was CatchPlay’s smear campaign ineffective, but we plan to hold CatchPlay fully accountable for its outrageous conduct,” explained Weingarten.
CatchPlay is owned by Smartphone giant HTC founder and Taiwanese billionaire Cher Wang.
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