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1989 lawsuit - Boston Court Says Paramount Not Liable

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 4:51 pm
by warriorswannabe
I hadn't heard of this 1989 failed lawsuit;

Massachusetts Court Says Paramount Not Liable for Post-Film Violence

Paramount Pictures and a local movie theater are not responsible for the death of a teen-ager who was knifed by a man who’d just seen the 1979 gang film ″The Warriors,″ the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The victim’s family sued Paramount and the Saxon Theatre Corp. in 1981, seeking damages on the grounds of wrongful death. They charged that Paramount and the theater knew that ″The Warriors″ was inciting violence around the country.

Superior Court Judge Harold Flannery dismissed the suit on the grounds that the movie-maker and theater had no ″special relationship″ to the dead youth and thus had no duty to protect him from his attacker. The family appealed.

In its unanimous ruling Tuesday, Massachusetts’ highest court upheld the dismissal, and added that the defendants were protected by the Constitution.

The lawsuit was filed by William Yakubowicz on behalf of his dead son, Martin, 16.

It charged that Martin Yakubowicz died from a knife wound inflicted on the night of Feb. 15, 1979, by Michael Barrett, who was returning from seeing ″The Warriors″ at a Saxon theater Street in Boston.

According to court records, two other youths were killed near theaters showing ″The Warriors″ in Palm Springs and Oxnard, Calif., just three days before Yakubowicz was stabbed.

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Re: 1989 lawsuit - Boston Court Says Paramount Not Liable

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:27 pm
by WildBoy
Never heard of this one - thanks for the share