Sometimes lawsuits are more than just lawsuits. Sometimes you’ve just got to admire the attitude and skill the lawyers exhibit in drafting the complaint.
Case in point: Bruce Willis filing a countersuit today against the production companies that sued him last week for walking off a movie. Bruce’s attorney, top legal eagle Marty Singer writes in the complaint: “This action presents a timeless Hollywood tale. Producer lures A-list movie star into agreeing to make a movie by promising that Producer has the full financing to produce the movie and pay the star’s asking price. After the star has committed to the picture and invested time and energy in the project, Producer confesses that he doesn’t in fact have the financing, and asks the star to defer his fees but keep rendering services. When the star refuses, Producer trumps up a claim that the star has somehow reneged on his agreement.”
Law school students take note! That’s how to draft a complaint. O yeah, Bruce is countersuing for fraud and four other counts over a movie called Three Stories About Joan. He says the $20 million the production company promised they had never materialized.