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Decide sides with Paramount on some claims in Warner Bros. ‘South Park’ streaming lawsuit

Stan And Kyle From The Episode “Clubhouses.”

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A decide on Tuesday sided with Paramount Global on sure claims after Warner Bros. Discovery sued earlier this 12 months over streaming rights to long-running animated sequence “South Park.”

New York state Supreme Courtroom Justice Margaret Chan mentioned that Paramount didn’t violate state shopper safety legal guidelines after its streaming platform, Paramount+, hosted “South Park” specials. The choice follows a February lawsuit, the place Warner alleged that Paramount deceptively withheld the specials and different “South Park” content material to bolster Paramount+ choices.

Paramount didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark, whereas Warner Bros. declined to touch upon the matter.

Warner paid $500 million to Paramount in 2019 for the rights to the over-20-season again catalogue of “South Park” episodes to stream on HBO Max, which is now generally known as Max. Paramount proposed sharing the rights between every of the corporate’s streaming platforms on the time, which Warner rejected. The sequence is a staple of Paramount’s Comedy Central channel.

Paramount would later launch “South Park: Put up Covid” in 2021 and “South Park: The Streaming Wars” in 2022, completely on Paramount+. The releases triggered the lawsuit, through which Warner is in search of a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. Warner also alleged that Paramount prompted it to overpay underneath the settlement.

Paramount countersued in April, in search of $50 million in unpaid charges from Warner and denying allegations that the corporate breached the settlement. The counterclaim would later be dismissed by Chan in October, ruling that Paramount didn’t make false statements in its description of specials within the unique 2019 settlement.

Warner also alleged in its swimsuit that Paramount’s conduct misled prospects and created confusion over which streaming platform had rights to the animated sequence.

Chan threw out this declare by Warner on Tuesday and mentioned the allegation was merely a “non-public contract dispute” and did “not hurt customers.” Chan added that the criticism or supplies supplied by Warner didn’t show “misleading practices” by Paramount.

Warner’s claims of breach of contract, tortuous interference and unjust enrichment are still in play.

Chan ordered a preliminary convention between the 2 events on Dec. 13.

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