A judge has refused to block the release of Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers scandal movie “The Laundromat” with the Netflix film having gone live worldwide on the service a few hours ago.
Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca – the attorneys at the center of the scandal – filed suit in federal court on Tuesday claiming they were defamed by the film. They asked for an injunction that would bar Netflix from distributing the Steven Soderbergh film on its platform.
In a ruling on Thursday night, just hours before the release, Judge Janet Bond Arterton refused to issue the injunction and instead transferred the case to California finding that the Connecticut court has no jurisdiction over the issue.
The scandal took place in 2015 when anonymous whistleblower leaked 11.5 million documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm, revealing a massive web of offshore tax havens. Mossack Fonseca shuttered its operations last year, and is facing criminal inquiries around the globe.