Gawker Seeks Dismissal of Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit

Gawker Seeks Dismissal of Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit

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Gawker believes it has found a flaw in Tarantino's legal argument

Gawker has filed a motion to dismiss Quentin Tarantino‘s copyright lawsuit, arguing that the court does not have jurisdiction over the holding company that owns it.

Tarantino sued Gawker Media Group, Inc. over an article the site published that included a link to his latest script, “The Hateful Eight.” The suit alleged “Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally” on its Defamer site.

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Yet Gawker's latest filing claims that because GMGI is based in Cayman Islands, the California court does not have jurisdiction over it. Gawker Media, the publisher of, is solely responsible.

“By contrast, GMGI did not play any role in connection with the January 23 news article at issue, be it writing, editing, publishing the article or including the hyperlinks,” the suit says. “Moreover, GMGI has no operations or employees in California or elsewhere. Rather, it is a Cayman Islands holding company. Id. Its sole assets are equity securities in its subsidiaries, one of which is defendant Gawker Media, LLC.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

  • Guest

    Wouldn't it be helpful to know what “CMGI” stands for?

    • cd

      Gawker Media Group, Inc.

  • Jimmy Green

    Tarantino is NOT original in any sense of the word. His work is VERY derivative and liberally copies from film noir of the past… without giving credit. It is Tarantino that is the major thief of material and he should be sued by countless screenwriters for unauthorized use of their work. Anyone that doubts this has a very limited exposure to films of the 40's and 50's. It's all been done before (only better then than now.)

    • crizz1066

      You've obviously never listen to interviews he does. He often talks of his love of the old films and the way they did and filmed things. I suggest you you understand a subject before going off half cocked!!!