Netflix has found itself the subject of a libel and trademark infringement lawsuit due to its upcoming Steven Soderbergh feature “The Laundromat” reports Deadline.
That film deals with the infamous Panama Papers scandal involving nearly twelve million leaked documents which showed how Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca allowed the wealthy and the connected to funnel money illegally in and around the world.
The two partners behind the now-dissolved law firm filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. According to the filing, the firm is claiming the film:
“Defames and portrays the Plaintiffs as ruthless uncaring lawyers who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and/or other criminal conduct. The implications and innuendo converge to cast Plaintiffs in the light of mastermind criminals whose crimes include, but are not limited to, murder, bribery, money laundering and/or corruption. Defendant’s trailer and movie have clearly defamed the Plaintiffs and cast them in the false light of criminality.”
The filing comes just over a day ahead of the global premiere of the film on the Netflix streaming service on Friday October 18th. The movie already premiered at Venice and Toronto to solid but not great reviews.
Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas play the two partners in the film while Meryl Streep, David Schwimmer, Robert Patrick, Sharon Stone, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Parnell, James Cromwell and Melissa Rauch also star.