Los Angeles, CA – Stephen M. Doniger and David R. Shein of Doniger / Burroughs successfully concluded a dispute between their client, veteran film producer Tony Didio, and director Dean Jones regarding the rights in scripts and film footage created for the 2011 sequel to the 2003 Tobe Hooper-directed Toolbox Murders movie. Both parties claimed ownership rights in the properties that were used to make two competing movies (“Toolbox Murders 2” and “Coffin Baby,” respectively) and asserted claims for copyright infringement against the other. Faced with a crushing summary judgment motion crafted by Doniger / Burroughs, Jones conceded and assigned all rights in the properties to Didio’s company.
The case is ongoing against PFG Entertainment, the distributer that licensed Coffin Baby to certain overseas territories after being advised that it was an unauthorized use of copyrighted material. See Didio, et al., v. Jones, et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-04949-PSG-AGR