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Netflix Asks Connecticut Judge To Dismiss 'Laundromat' Lawsuit

Chris Pizzello
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Director Steven Soderbergh, from left, Gary Oldman, Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas attend a premiere for "The Laundromat" on day five of the Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre last month in Toronto.

Two lawyers linked to the so-called Panama Papers have filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Connecticut to block an upcoming Netflix film about the 2015 document leak.

The film is called “The Laundromat.” It depicts the data breach that led to the release of more than 11 million documents detailing how some of the wealthiest people in the world hide their money in shell companies.

The plaintiffs say the film depicts them as criminal masterminds and may affect future cases against them. The two lawyers are the subject of ongoing FBI investigations. They’re suing Netflix for defamation.

Netflix asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. The company says there’s no reason it should have been filed in Connecticut. The plaintiffs’ attorney is based in Stamford.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.