Anchor Bay Wins ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ Verdict23 Aug, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
After three years in court Anchor Bay Entertainment has won a $7.3 million verdict against a woman and her company who sold the distributor the DVD rights to the 1960s cult TV show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
In 2005 Anchor Bay contracted with Lindsay Dunlap and her company, Ember Entertainment, for the rights to the show, paying her $500,000 for masters and $125,000 for bonus materials, which she delivered.
In April 2006, after announcing a DVD release date and accepting preorders from retailers, Anchor Bay received a cease-and-desist letter from Warner Bros., which said it had the rights to the show (which it released on DVD through Time Life in 2007). In December 2006 Anchor Bay demanded the money back from Dunlap, and in late 2007 Anchor Bay filed suit.
The case went to jury trial in early August, and on Aug. 20 the verdict against Dunlap came down.
“Anchor Bay Entertainment is very pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Bryan Duran, an attorney for Starz Media, Anchor Bay’s parent company. “We were glad the jury was able to see through Dunlap’s blatant fraud, holding the wrongdoer responsible for her brazen and reprehensible conduct.
“Anchor Bay views the jury’s verdict as a total vindication of its position on Dunlap’s fraudulent misrepresentations and a victory for intellectual property rights holders throughout the U.S.”