The $20 million legal drama between Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television took another turn this week as judicial referee, retired federal judge Gary Feess, nixed several of Corday’s claims against Sony.
Judge Feess sided with Sony by nullifying the following claims by Corday Productions.
- Breach of fiduciary duty.
- Breach of contracts regarding one-hour episodes and responsibility for production overages.
- Unfair competition.
However, judge Feess allowed Corday Productions to continue its pursuit of the following claims:
- Sony breached its obligation to adequately market DAYS and share marketing costs.
- Breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Regarding Sony’s request for demurrer of Corday’s claims of fraud and concealment the judge sustained with leave to amend. This allows Corday to provide additional evidence before he makes a final decision on whether the claim can proceed. According to The Hollywood Reporter,
"At the hearing, Corday’s counsel indicated that it could plead fraud with greater particularity," writes Feess. "While that seems unlikely, given the nature of the relationship between the parties, the timing of the alleged misrepresentations, and the unlikelihood that Corday can ever plead reliance, Corday will be given another chance to plead this claim."
The Hollywood Reporter has the complete demurrer to read.