Federal Judge Gives Green Light to Gina Carano's Lawsuit Against Disney and Lucasfilm; UPDATE: Premature

 Update: Carano later said on Twitter that the Judge has not yet issued a ruling. THR misunderstood what took place. 

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U.S. District Judge Sherilyn Peace Garnett on Wednesday pushed back on arguments from Disney lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, who argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the company has the “right not to associate with a high-profile performer on a high-profile show who’s imbuing” the Star Wars series with “views it disagrees with” that could turn fans away from the show.

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Petrocelli urged the court to find in favor of Disney on its First Amendment defense on dismissal rather than at a later stage of litigation after discovery takes place in which it’s determined whether the case should be allowed to proceed to trial.

“I’m not convinced there are no disputed facts,” Judge Garnett responded. She pointed to allegations that Carano was terminated to deflect attention from Disney’s contentious business decisions at the time, including the company’s contract dispute with Scarlett Johansson and criticism of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which led to the dissolution of its special tax district in the state.

Ed Morrissey

  • That argument made me laugh out loud. No one's doing a better job of turning fans away from the Star Wars IP than Disney, Lucasfilm, and Kathleen Kennedy. The Acolyte started off bad and is only getting worse. If Disney had stuck with Carano and valued her fans and their perspective more, they wouldn't be circling the drain, financially and artistically. 

Anyway, congrats to Carano on this procedural win. It's only a step, but it's a step in the right direction. 

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