Judge rules studios can be sued over movie trailers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A california judge says movie studios can be sued for misleading movie trailers.

The judge ruled this week to allow parts of a lawsuit against universal pictures to move forward.

Two fans of actress Ana De Armas sued universal for false advertising over its trailer for the 2019 film “Yesterday.”

They say they rented the movie “Yesterday” after seeing De Armas in the trailer.

But her scene was cut from the final film.

Universal argued the trailer never explicitly stated De Armas would appear in the movie.

Nor is the trailer itself “Commercial speech.”

Instead they say it is a “Creative expressive work” protected by the first amendment.

The judge disagreed.

Ruling while movie trailers involve some editorial discretion, its “Creativity does not outweigh the commercial nature of a trailer.”

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