MGM, Fox to provide $8.7 million worth of James Bond films

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Washington, July 19 (IANS) MGM and Fox Home Entertainment will provide $8.7 million worth of digital copies of James Bond movies to settle a lawsuit filed by customers who did not get the copies of the films “Casino Royale” and “Never Say Never Again” in a Bond 50th anniversary box.

Earlier this week, a motion for final approval of a class action settlement was filed in a Washington federal court, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The lawsuit claimed a violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act. In 2017, purchaser Mary L. Johnson, on behalf of others, accused MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment of violating Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and breach of express warranties.

In a motion to dismiss, the MGM responded: “No reasonable purchaser would expect that a box set would contain films that are not included on the list of titles clearly printed on its packaging.”

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But the case moved forward and the decision came in the favour of customers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be no trial because the parties have “seemingly figured out the cost of litigation wasn’t worth fussing over popular understanding of the Bond franchise”.

As per court papers, class members who don’t opt out of the settlement and timely file a valid claim form will receive digital copies of the two films.

An attorney for the plaintiffs has estimated this is worth approximately $8,694,000.

–IANS

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