Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
The Wolfpack are in the clear—and this time it wasn't for gambling, drinking or stealing a tiger.
Warner Bros. has resolved separate lawsuits filed against it in recent months over its hit sequel, The Hangover Part II: the first filed by a stuntman left with severe brain trauma after being injured on set; and the second brought by a guy who claimed the filmmakers stole his life story to use as the basis for the blockbuster's plot.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, court records reveal that both parties voluntarily dismissed their complaints, though it's unclear whether they had reached a private settlement with the studio.
In stunt performer Scott McLean's case, Warner had previously stated that it was offering "continual support" since the accident to the plaintiff and his family during his treatment and recovery and hoped to "resolve any outstanding issues."
Given the circumstances surrounding his health, we imagine that would have included monetary support and helping him pay his sky-high medical bills.
In the lawsuit filed last August on his behalf in California, McLean's lawyers sued the studio for negligence and failing to ensure his safety after he served as a stunt double for star Ed Helms during a high-speed car chase through the streets of Bangkok.
Court docs state that his vehicle was hit by another car after the movie's stunt coordinator altered the timing of the sequence at the last minute, causing the mishap. The Dec. 17, 2010, crash left McLean with "likely permanent brain and physical injuries" that require long-term care.
As for the other suit, a California man named Michael Alan Rubin accused Warner Bros., director Todd Phillips and the film's writers of ripping off parts of his script, Mickey and Kirin, which followed his misadventures with a Japanese woman whom he married in Japan in 2007. According to his suit, the two honeymooned in Thailand where things quickly fell apart and elements of his story were lifted for Helms' character.
A rep for Warner Bros. was unavailable for comment. But this isn't the first legal entanglement for the Hangover gang.
Earlier this year, a tattoo artist sued the production claiming it failed to get his permission to use a tattoo for Helms' face that was similar to the ink job he did for Mike Tyson, thus infringing on his copyright. A judge subsequently denied his request for an injunction to stop the hit movie's release and the suit was settled amicably out of court in June.
Update: Rubin tells E! News that his decision to dismiss litgation "was not without contemplative reflection," but had to do with the fact that he registered his script with the Writers Guild of America but
"The factors and actors that brought about this case have not disappeared," he said. "What is unfortunate is that the Copyright Act would need to be amended to address issues not specifically addressed in the Act presently."
Specifically, he singled out the fact that copyright protection in the U.S. begins when one files the work with the U.S. Copyright Office, but doesn't extend to scripts registered with the Writers Guild of America. As it happened, Rubin registered his treatment with the WGA.