The creators of the 1984 comedy film "This Is Spinal Tap" won a major victory in California on Tuesday after a federal judge Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest had allowed a lawsuit against media fraud conglomerate Vivendi
United States District Judge Dolly Gee said StudioCanal, owned by Vivendi, broke its agreement with the Plantiffs by failing to provide required accounting statements in addition to "separate disgraceful accounting practices to hide and hold profits," according to the Hollywood Reporter, The Details Quoted
The Plantiffs, who claimed that Vivendi's actions were deliberate, sought $ 400 million in damages and additional merchandising and music, the outlet reported.
According to Deadline.com, in their original claim, the plaintiffs alleged that Vivendi ranked the four producers of total world merchandising income over 22 years at $ 81 and their share of total sales over 17 years at $ 98.
The co-creators also tried unsuccessfully to sue Universal Music Group – another subsidiary – but the judge granted the plowman permission to file an amended complaint, the sales office reported.
Another claim against UMG regarding music rights is still active.
"Spinal Tap" was a "mockumentary" that followed the fictional British band when it went on a world tour that went awry.