THR Esq. has the scoop on a nasty legal fight between CBS and NBC over the television adaptation of John Grisham’s The Firm. CBS is suing the show’s writer/producer Lukas Reiter–not NBC itself–claiming they paid Reiter $250,000 to develop the show before he brought it to NBC.
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The lawsuit says Reiter later asked if he could take the project elsewhere and CBS said no but “Entertainment One and Reiter have moved full speed ahead, in direct violation of CBS’s rights,” according to the suit. …
“The question in this lawsuit is whether a production studio and writer may re-sell and exploit a television project that the same writer already sold to another studio,” according to the complaint. “Basic principles of contract and tort law clearly prohibit this sort of double-dealing, yet this is precisely what Defendants have done.”
Depending on what happens with the lawsuit, NBC plans to air the show midseason.