The Tolkien Trust, New Line Cinema and HarperCollins Settle 'Lord of the Rings' Lawsuit

Tue Sep 8, 2009 12:00pm EDT

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The Tolkien Trust, New Line Cinema and HarperCollins Settle 'Lord of the
Rings' Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tolkien Trust (a UK registered
charity), New Line Cinema, and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. have resolved the
lawsuit relating to the "Lord of the Rings" films. 

The claim was filed in February of last year.  HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
and the trustees of the JRR Tolkien Estate were co-plaintiffs in the claim,
which concerned plaintiffs' participation interest in the "Lord of the Rings"
films released between 2001 and 2003.  The precise terms of the settlement are

Commenting on the settlement, Christopher Tolkien said: "The Trustees regret
that legal action was necessary, but are glad that this dispute has been
settled on satisfactory terms that will allow the Tolkien Trust properly to
pursue its charitable objectives. The Trustees acknowledge that New Line may
now proceed with its proposed films of 'The Hobbit.'" 

Warner Bros.' President & Chief Operating Officer Alan Horn said: "We deeply
value the contributions of the Tolkien novels to the success of our films and
are pleased to have put this litigation behind us. We all look forward to a
mutually productive and beneficial relationship in the future."

The "Lord of the Rings" films produced by New Line are among the most
successful films ever created and were released in 2001, 2002 and 2003

JRR Tolkien is the world-renowned author of works including "The Lord of the
Rings" and "The Hobbit."  The Tolkien Trust is a UK registered charity that
has made grants to charitable causes all over the world totaling over $8
million in the last five years alone.

Throughout its history, New Line has created a number of enduring film
franchises, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, "The Mask," the Austin
Powers titles, "Blade," "Rush Hour," "Elf," "Sex and the City" and "Wedding
Crashers."  New Line became a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment in March

    U.S. Contact:  Lonnie Soury
                   Soury Communications, Inc.
                   150 W. 25th Street, Suite 403
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                   Tel: (212) 414-5857
                   Mobile: (917) 519-4521

    U.K. Contact:  Matthew Moth
                   Madano Partnership
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SOURCE  The Tolkien Trust

U.S. Contact:  Lonnie Soury, Soury Communications, Inc., +1-212-414-5857,
Mobile: +1-917-519-4521,; or U.K. Contact:  Matthew Moth,
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