Hollywood bulldog lawyer Bertram Fields handles The Wrap's reply to last week's cease-and-desist demand by lawyers for Nikki Finke's parent company. He rejects the accusations, of course, and adds some of his own. From Sharon Waxman's post:
TheWrap has not engaged in the conduct you claim and has done nothing that violates MMC’s rights. Where appropriate, TheWrap cites other outlets and links to the source. Otherwise, TheWrap does its own reporting.
By contrast, MMC has demonstrably and repeatedly violated my client’s rights, including but not limited to violations of the antitrust laws, (giving rise to treble damage claims), as well as unfair competition and trade libel. Indeed, MMC’s attempt to monopolize newsworthy subjects by threatening spurious lawsuits is, in itself, violative of the law, as are its numerous attempts to threaten and coerce others to refrain from supporting or dealing with TheWrap and its repeated publication of false and defamatory statements about TheWrap.
All of my client’s rights and remedies are, of course, reserved.
Very truly yours,
* Noted: Outside observer David Poland tweets, "The Wrap hires Bert Fields... which says more than his response to La Finke. Better start working on that next round of financing soon."