Netflix releases Panama Papers movie despite lawsuit
This image released by Netflix shows Meryl Streep, left, and Jeffrey Wright in a scene from "The Laundromat." (Claudette Barius/Netflix via AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, October 18, 2019 1:04PM EDT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Netflix has released a movie based on the so-called Panama Papers despite an attempt by two lawyers to stop the streaming premiere.
“The Laundromat,” starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep, debuted Friday on Netflix after a limited release in theatres.
Two Panamanian lawyers, Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, sued Netflix in federal court in Connecticut this week, saying the movie defamed them and could prejudice criminal cases against them. Netflix asked a judge to dismiss the suit but did not address the allegations.
The Panama Papers were more than 11 million documents leaked from the two lawyers' firm that shed light on how the rich hide their money.
A judge ruled there was no valid reason to file the case in Connecticut and ordered it transferred to the Los Angeles-area federal court district.