Orbison's Widow Sues Documentary Filmmakers
Roy Orbison's widow has filed a $10 million lawsuit against documentary production companies she claims owe her money and misrepresented their relationships with television networks. Barbara Orbison PRoy Orbison's widow has filed a $10 million lawsuit against documentary production companies she claims owe her money and misrepresented their relationships with television networks. Barbara Orbison Productions Inc. filed the Circuit Court lawsuit last week in Nashville against three companies owned by Barbara and Gregory Hall of Brentwood, Tenn.
Orbison charges that the Halls owe her $42,500 under a contract for her cooperation with two documentaries and an anthology of live performances by her late husband, famed for hits such as "Only the Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman." She's asking for $10 million in damages, claiming "misrepresentations" of the Halls' connections with PBS and two cable networks.
The anthology and one documentary were completed and aired, but one on Barbara Orbison has not been finished, according to the lawsuit. "We want them to stop exploiting the documentary and terminate all their rights to license the documentary," said attorney Sam Lipshie, who represents Barbara Orbison Productions.
Randle Davis, attorney for the Halls, declined to comment.
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