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Filmmakers to focus on errors and omissions insurance


Recent legal issues involving the film, "The Hangover Part II," shed some light on what type of errors and omissions insurance production studio lawyers may need to protect studios and filmmakers from litigation, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In the past months, Warner Bros., the maker of "The Hangover Part II," has dealt with a number of separate lawsuits related to the film, according to the source.

The source said in October, Michael Alan Rubin sued Warner Bros., alleging the studio stole his script about how his marriage to a Japanese women went wrong during their honeymoon in Thailand and India. This suit followed a lawsuit brought by a tattoo artist who contended a tattoo featured in the movie infringed on a copyrighted design he had created for boxer Mike Tyson. Both matters have been settled, and the Reporter stated these "oddball" suits might prompt filmmakers to pay more attention to errors and omission policies in the future.

The studio also faced a more traditional liability-related lawsuit in August, when Scott McLean, the stunt double for star Ed Helms during the making of the movie, sued the studio regarding a major collision that occurred during the filming of the movie, which caused him to be airlifted to an Australian hospital to treat brain trauma, said the source.

"The Hangover Part II" isn't the only movie facing recent litigation. Angelina Jolie is being sued by a Croatian journalist named James Braddock, who is alleging she plagiarized his work in creating the story of her feature film directorial debut, the forthcoming "In the Land of Blood & Honey."

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