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Spider-Man lawsuit settled out of court

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After more than 15 months of wending its way through the New York court system, the lawsuit between the producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark and Julie Taymor, the show’s former director and choreographer, has finally been settled.

A resolution to the ongoing litigation, which was set to go to trial on May 28, was announced on April 10, though the case was not officially closed until the next day when an order of dismissal was entered in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, noting that both the plaintiffs and defendants agreed to dismiss all claims, with each party paying their own costs and attorneys fees.

Spider-Man producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris said in a joint statement: “We’re happy to put all this behind us. We are now looking forward to spreading Spider Man Turn Off The Dark in new and exciting ways around the world.”

Taymor added her approval for the settlement, saying “I’m pleased to have reached an agreement and hope for the continued success of Spider-Man, both on Broadway and beyond.”

Glen Berger, who is listed as one of the co-writers of the book for the musical, added: “I am very glad the parties have put the claims behind them. I look forward to seeing fruitful work from all those involved.”

While specific monetary terms of the settlement have not been made public, a statement from the show’s press representatives note the resolution covers “all claims between all of the parties in the litigation” and that the settlement applies to both the current Broadway production and “subsequent productions.”

Taymor was dismissed from Spider Man Turn Off The Dark in March of 2011 over a dispute concerning the show’s creative evolution as it was getting ready to open on Broadway. Taymor subsequently filed a lawsuit against the producers over royalty and other compensation issues and the case had been wending its way to a trial date until the settlement was announced.

Following an unusually lengthy preview period which began on November 28, 2010, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark opened at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre on June 14, 2011 where it continues to run.

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