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Keith Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV (Read the Complaint)
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 5, 2012 | Matthew Belloni

Posted on 04/05/2012 3:53:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The war of words between Keith Olbermann and Current TV is now officially a legal battle, with the fired anchor filing a lawsuit Thursday accusing his former employer of breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Read the full complaint here.

According to the 43-page, eight-count complaint, filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court by attorney Patty Glaser of LA's Glaser Weil firm, Olbermann was terminated without cause a year into his five-year, $50 million contract with the left-leaning TV network. He claims he is owed between $50 million and $70 million in damages based on breach of contract and other causes of action.

"This action is necessary as Current has repeatedly and willfully breached its written agreement with Olbermann, often continuing to do so after receiving specific notices to cure such breaches," states the complaint, filed on behalf of Olbermann and his company Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc.

In a statement provided to THR, Current responds:

"It is well established that over his professional career, Mr. Olbermann has specialized in pounding the table. However, Mr. Olbermann, by filing his false and malicious lawsuit, has now put this matter into a legal process where there will be an objective review of the facts. We hope Mr. Olbermann understands that when it comes to the legal process, he is actually required to show up."

The suit has been anticipated since Current sent Olbermann's representatives a letter March 29 terminating his services. The network co-founded by Gore and Hyatt claims Olbermann was often absent from the job, missing 19 of 41 workdays in January and February. The anchor also allegedly refused to promote other Current shows. Olbermann claims he was provided substandard facilities (the lights allegedly went out in the studio on a couple of occassions) and was forced out even though he's under contract.

Olbermann uses the legal filing to take some shots at Current co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, as well as Current TV president David Bohrman, who is referred to as a "an individual without relevant experience."

"Current's dysfunction permeated all levels of the organization," the suit claims. After being on the air for nearly eight months--long after all 'growing pains' should have ceased--Current still couldn't manage to, literally, keep the lights on. Since the time Hyatt crowned himself CEO, the [Countdown] program was plaugued by further logistical nightmares, technical failures, and media disasters."

Olbermann also cites the following breaches of his contract:

1. Broadcasting advertisements containing Olbermann's likeness without his consent.

2. Using guest hosts for Olbermann's program without obtaining Olbermann's approval

3. Refusing to allow Olbermann to exercise his contractually granted editorial control over special election coverage.

4. Disclosing the confidential terms of his contract

5. Linking Olbermann's name and goodwill with corporate endorsements without his consent.

6. Ignoring Olbermann's consultation rights.

7. Disparaging Olbermann publically.

8. Refusing to invest resources and hire appropriate personnel in order to professionally and competently produce the program.

Current has paid Olbermann the first installment of his $10 million a year deal. The fight over the rest now will move to the courtroom.

"Well, up to last Thursday I got my money," Olbermann said Tuesday on CBS' Late Show. "The nice judge will decide whether or not I get more of my money."

The suit alleges causes of action for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and six requests for declaratory relief over claims relating to his contract.


TOPICS: Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: algore; boycottcable; cablefail; catfight; crazedsexpoodle; keitholbermann

1 posted on 04/05/2012 3:53:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>5. Linking Olbermann’s name and goodwill with corporate endorsements without his consent.<<

Corporate response: “Good point keith. You owe us an additional $200K for the damage your name caused us and our advertisers.”


2 posted on 04/05/2012 3:56:39 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When dumb ass liberals collide!

Kieth never had cause to sue Rush, Fox or even Bush!

LMAO!


3 posted on 04/05/2012 3:58:10 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama- because it's not always about me™. Now its about my nation and not my chastity)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go get em kiethy Ubergirl...they have besmirch your good name and your tireless journalistic integrety. eck! I feel like I need a shower.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 3:58:27 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hoo-boy, this is gonna be good!


5 posted on 04/05/2012 3:59:38 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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6 posted on 04/05/2012 3:59:38 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeehaw! Let the games begin! This should be good. Two drama queens in a catfight.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 4:01:00 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

The best is when he calls out Al Gore as a crazed sex poodle.


8 posted on 04/05/2012 4:01:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: freedumb2003

I’m pretty sure that a standard media contract allows a network to use the images as they see fit of those that work for the networks.

I think this may be the last that we see Keith Olbermann.


9 posted on 04/05/2012 4:02:51 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: freedumb2003

“You owe us an additional $200K for the damage your name caused us and our advertisers.”

You can’t possibly damage a name not worth mentioning and I didn’t even know they had advertisers.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 4:08:13 PM PDT by max americana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can we sue K O for lowering the IQs of everyone who watches his show(s)?


11 posted on 04/05/2012 4:19:33 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he and Rosie can get a gig together.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 4:35:18 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

When I first read your post, it looked like “get a pig together” which actually makes sense...


13 posted on 04/05/2012 4:36:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe KO should run for office in Minnesota?

They have a track record for electing public clowns.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 4:50:48 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Couple of 1%ers going toe-to-toe. With Patty Glaser no less. heh.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 5:01:31 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“8. Refusing to invest resources and hire appropriate personnel in order to professionally and competently produce the program”

They are trying to do that, but they are having a hard time getting the old guy to go away first


16 posted on 04/05/2012 5:26:02 PM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish the Thurber estate would sue keith.


17 posted on 04/05/2012 5:30:31 PM PDT by isom35
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He forgot they were supposed to scatter rose petals in his toilet before he took a dump. (Don’t laugh! This was a standard requirement for Babs Streesand’s concert tours.)


18 posted on 04/05/2012 5:33:50 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: San Jacinto

Olbermann also cites the following breaches of his contract:

1. Broadcasting advertisements containing Olbermann’s likeness without his consent.

* Ok they should have NOT advertised his show at all then he would have had one less person watching him....

2. Using guest hosts for Olbermann’s program without obtaining Olbermann’s approval

* He should have been “sick” so often...

3. Refusing to allow Olbermann to exercise his contractually granted editorial control over special election coverage.

* My god what a diva blowhard, Liberals will call Glenn Beck a diva, but at least Glenn Beck started his own damn network and didn’t need to hang on to the coattails of Al Bore.

4. Disclosing the confidential terms of his contract

* Maybe a valid point, but should be #1 in the list.

5. Linking Olbermann’s name and goodwill with corporate endorsements without his consent.

* I guess the dumbass didn’t want to get paid... or doesn;t understand HOW TV personalities get paid. i Guess his BS in Communications Majored on the B.S. part.

6. Ignoring Olbermann’s consultation rights.

* Diva (do i need to go into this)

7. Disparaging Olbermann publically.

* Really? Current TV bent over backwards for him after he was booted off of MSNBC.

8. Refusing to invest resources and hire appropriate personnel in order to professionally and competently produce the program.

* You mean like drivers who don’t talk to him. They also must have left a Red M&M in with his bowl of green M&M’s in his dressing room. Lemme guess, they also couldn’t get a 12 year old blonde virgin girl to walk in front of him throwing out rose petals on short notice....


19 posted on 04/05/2012 5:33:58 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc.”??? I haven’t even reached the name of the Court and I am already ROFLAMO.


20 posted on 04/05/2012 5:55:06 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "If Greece has been knocking back the ouzo, we're face down in the vat.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Olbermann opined to Bohrman that Uygur had difficulty separating facts from things he wanted to be true.”

BWAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

That is the pot calling the kettle black. Or, in this case, the septic tank calling the toilet stinky.

Olbermann’s entire “career” is based on his inability to recognize facts, and his penchant for pompously spouting things he wants to be true, using three-syllable words he just found in his dog-eared thesaurus. Tha’s his schtick.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 1:58:47 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (There's no shame in attacking a criminal's bean bag. -- Ron Swanson)
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