Sony Settles Fake Critic Lawsuit, Guess Who Wins?

from the so-sue-me dept

Sony Pictures has finalized a settlement in a lawsuit stemming from some of its employees making up a movie critic and using quotes from him in advertisements in 2001. It will pay $1.5 million, with people that went to go see any of the movies for which ads featured bogus quotes can get 5 bucks. What, they’re not going to reimburse me for the popcorn too? So this has dragged on for a few years over $1.5 million, the majority of which probably won’t find its way back to people who saw these movies, and nevermind the fact that these made up quotes probably didn’t push too many people over the edge to see such classics as “The Animal” and “Vertical Limit”. The Sony employees did a stupid thing, but does this lawsuit benefit anybody except the lawyers that sued? Maybe the government should waste some of its resources, too, and look into this. Oh, wait.

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Ivan Sick says:

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What happened, a class action suit was started because people believed and then disagreed with somebody they never even heard of before? It was a goofy thing for Sony to do, sure, but why does stupidity continue to be mollycoddled?
I’d like to know what the basis of this suit is. “The fake guy said Hollow Man was a good movie and it wasn’t! Wwwaaaaaaahh”?

Boilerbob says:

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I’d like to know what the basis of this suit is.

It’s called false advertising. Granted the damages to movie goers was small (who hasn’t left a movie saying that was a waste of money) but Sony LIED on their advertising. The marketting people that authorized the quotes were fired and the public is aware that you can’t just listen to whatever the ads say. That’s the benifit of the lawsuit not to get my $5 back.

thecaptain says:

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The sad part is how many people will have the receipt or ticket stub to even COLLECT that measly 5 bucks?

The only winner here were the lawyers on both sides…I mean, the fine was low enough that Sony would consider that “the cost of doing business” and simply continue or find some OTHER way of misleading the consumer (yeah, those quotes on posters and adds might not have sold the movie to people…but what pisses me off is the fact that they tried and figured they could get away with it….lets have some accountability)

Beck says:

One Judge Had It Right

From other coverage:

When the California courts agreed to let the suit go forward as a class action, a dissenting judge called it a “farce” and “the most frivolous case with which I have ever had to deal”, saying: “We should be occupying ourselves with resolving legitimate disputes instead of laughable cases designed not to gain anything for the plaintiffs, but rather to generate fees for the only true beneficiaries of this disgrace, the attorneys.”

GunGeek says:

No consumers will collect

Here’s my prediction:

NOBODY will get their $5 or even a fraction of it.

The settlement provides for only a maximum $750,000 payout to the people that weren’t specifically named as plaintiffs, and that gets spent at a maximum of $5 per claimant. If the amount per person gets down less than $1.50, then the WHOLE chunk goes to a charity and NONE of the moviegoers gets a penny.

And you just KNOW that more than 500,000 people are going to put in for their free $5.

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