‘Panama Papers’ Attorneys Sue Netflix to Block Release of ‘The Laundromat’

TV: 'Panama Papers' law firm sues Netflix over film based on scandal

The firm's partners Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, say The Laundromat portrays them as "ruthless uncaring lawyers who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and/or other criminal conduct", Engadget reported quoting the The Guardian on Wednesday.

The 45-page lawsuit that was filed in a CT district court on Tuesday charges Netflix with defamation, invasion of privacy, trademark infringement, and false advertising, and requests that the film's Friday release be put on hold.

A number of the characters in Netflix's The Laundromat are based on real people, while the whole movie is adapted from a non-fiction book about the affair titled Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein.

Mossack Fonseca gained notoriety because of the Panama Papers - a leak of 11.5 million confidential documents that were downloaded from the firm's servers by a whistleblower and shared with Bastian Obermayer of Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The lawyers are adamant that Netflix's "trailer and movie have clearly defamed the Plaintiffs and cast them in the false light of criminality".

"To claim that Mossackand Fonsecaand their law firm are not villains in the movie is a cataclysmic understatement, which stands in wholly stark contrast to gist of the movie and the commentary by movie reviewers", they said in their legal memo.

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And it would also interfere with their right to a fair trial in the USA, where they are under investigation by the FBI, they said in a legal memorandum filed with the district court in CT. The FBI is now investigating the law firm for the alleged crimes raised by the Panama Papers.

"The Laundromat" stars Meryl Streep as a woman investigating the death of her husband and how it ties back to the corruption uncovered in the Panama papers documents leak.

"Once the cat is out of the bag, it is impossible to put it back without the effect of tainting a verdict", the suit states.

According to the lawsuit filed on October 13, "The Laundromat" paints the duo as "poster children for money laundering and tax evasion".

In response, Netflix on Thursday filed a circulation to push aside the case fully, even supposing they haven't addressed the matter of a temporary restraining portray towards the movie.

Four men, not including Mossack and Fonseca, were charged a year ago with conspiracy and tax fraud in connection with the Panama Papers.

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