Jenner & Block

"Hardball" Movie Suit Dismissed

U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras on Nov. 28 dismissed a Chicago coach’s defamation lawsuit that had attempted to block release of Paramount Pictures’ “Hardball,” the popular movie that was based on a book about a youth baseball league.  The suit sought a total of $11 million, including $8 million in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages stemming from release of the movie. “The judge correctly recognized that this movie was a work of fiction,” said Jenner & Block Partner Debbie L. Berman, who led the team of Firm lawyers including Partner David M. Greenwald, Associate Michael A. Doornweerd, and former Associate Uzma A. Sattar who represented Paramount in the case. Earlier this fall, Judge Kocoras denied the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order and the film went on to become a box office hit.