Movie Fans Can Sue Studios Over Misleading Trailers, Judge Rules

  • A federal judge rejected Universal Studios’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claimed it misled its fans.
  • In January, movie lovers filed a class action suit alleging that they were tricked into viewing the film.
  • Universal was sued by the plaintiffs because Ana de Armas, actress, was in the trailer but didn’t appear on the film.

A federal judge ruled that movie fans can sue studios for violating false advertising laws if they release misleading trailers about upcoming releases.

The first to report the news was by Variety

The trailer for Danny Boyle’s 2019 feature “Yesterday”It could be considered false advertising since it featured actress Ana de Armas. She did not appear in the film. court filingTuesday

Stephen V. Wilson (California district court judge) has granted permission for a class action lawsuit filed earlier this summer by Universal Studios. Universal argued it would “open up the floodgates” for others who felt they were misled by trailers.

Judge Wilson rejected Universal’s argument, ruling that trailers are subject to advertising laws. He stated: “A trailer is an advert designed to sell a movie by providing consumers a preview.” 

Two Ana de Armas supporters brought the lawsuit against UniversalAfter paying $3.99 to rent the romcom online, they discovered that the actress from “No Time to Die”, had not appeared in the film. Fans are suing for at least $5m.

Conor Woulfe and Peter Michael Rosza, both fans, claimed that they were tricked into seeing “Yesterday” because they saw Armas’s trailer. Universal could not rely on the fame of Jack Malik and Ellie to maximize movie and ticket sales and rentals, so they “used Ms. De Armas’s fame, radiance, and brilliance as a way to promote the film by including scenes from her in the movie trailers.”

Judge Wilson stated that the moviegoers did not receive any “any value for rental or purchase”. The filing was filed. Lawyers will resume the case in April. 

Insider asked Universal for comment, but Universal did not respond immediately.

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