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Warren Beatty Lawyer: Delaware Too Expensive, Inconvenient For Trial Over Dick Tracy Rights

The lawyer for Warren Beatty is arguing it would be expensive and inconvenient for the actor to travel to Delaware for a trial involving a dispute over the movie and TV rights to Dick Tracy.

In closing arguments Tuesday before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey in Wilmington, Del., Beatty’s lawyer seeks the lifting of an automatic stay on pending litigation in California over these rights.

But Tribune Co., which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says it would be inconvenienced if the lawsuit in California was allowed to proceed. Also, the media company argued that it’s better for the bankruptcy court to handle all the Dick Tracy rights.

Only the movie and TV rights are under dispute. Tribune owns all the other rights to the comic strip.

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