Steven Soderbergh’s new film facing court action already

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A lawsuit has been filed against the film The Laundromat, with law firm partners complaining they are portrayed as ruthless and uncaring.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the new film from director Steven Soderbergh has already resulted in a legal letter, days before it’s due to go live on Netflix.

The movie in question is The Laundromat, and it covers the Panama Papers scandal, which allegedly involved allegedly very wealthy people allegedly using a law firm’s services to allegedly funnel their cash allegedly to different places around the world allegedly to avoid paying the tax and stuff they allegedly should be paying. Allegedly.

That should cover us. Phew.

Anyway, two partners involved in the law firm Mossack Fonsena have filed a lawsuit against Netflix and the movie in the US District Court, Connecticut Branch.

In their suit, they allege that that film allegedly “defames and portrays the Plaintiffs as ruthless uncaring lawyers who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and/or other criminal conduct”.

It adds that “the implications and innuendo converge to cast Plaintiffs in the light of mastermind criminals whose crimes include, but are not limited to, murder, bribery, money laundering and/or corruption. Defendant’s trailer and movie have clearly defamed the Plaintiffs and cast them in the false light of criminality”.

Yikes. Those words look like they cost a lot of money. Anyway, Netflix hasn’t yet responded, but our guess is that the release of the film will not be affected. Any lawyers reading this carefully constructed news report can now stand down. Ta.

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