Monday, June 20, 2011
Joanne Siegel And Laura Siegel Larson v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; Time Warner Inc.; & DC Comics: DC's 2001 & 2005 Contract Offers
”After more than half a century of DC Comics and it’s predeccessors enjoying huge profits from my late husband’s creations, while we lived in poverty for many of those years, the company is not satisfied. The beast hungers for more. Just like the Gestapo, your company wants to strip us naked of our legal rights.
“There was no concern for the suffering it would cause Jerry Siegel’s widow and his ailing, impoverished daughter.” –Joanne Siegel, May 9, 2002 (in a letter to DC rejecting their 2002 offer)
“Under their agreements with DC Comics, Siegel, Shuster, and their families have been paid nearly $4 million—and continue to receive payments today.
“There is no better proof of how poorly these cases have gone for the Siegels— which include a full bench trial they lost,—than the Rule 54(b) motion they filed in the Siegel actions seeking to avoid an accounting trial, because it will expose how little they are owed under Judge Larson’s rulings. In contrast, had the Siegels not been induced to repudiate their 2001 settlement agreement with DC Comics, they would have received millions of dollars by now, and kept nearly all of it. Because of Toberoff’s actions to enrich himself, however, the Siegels have received nothing to date and must give to Toberoff 45% of anything they may obtain.” –DC Comics to the United States District Court Central District Of California, September 27, 2010
Every court case divides people, but that is the nature, and goal, of litigation. In order to win you have to convince the judge, or jury, that you’re right and the other side is wrong, and in order to do that, sometimes certain facts are omitted. The Joanne Siegel And Laura Siegel Larson v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; Time Warner Inc.; & DC Comics case is certainly no different.