Ashton Kutcher's Lawsuit Against the DMV Gets Green Light [UPDATED]
Remember how there was going to be a reality television show about life inside the California Department of Motor Vehicles? When that show, expected to provide viewers "a glimpse at what DMV workers experience, from strange to hilarious," didn't happen, Kutcher's production company filed a lawsuit against the DMV, and, not surprisingly, the DMV balked.
Today, a Los Angeles judge has issued a tentative ruling in favor of Kutcher's Katalyst Media, ostensibly giving the lawsuit a green light, reports City News Service. The DMV had asked for the suit to be dismissed. The suit alleges breach of contract, claiming the DMV broke a May 2011 agreement allowing the production access to field offices to produce their half-hour reality show.
The state says that contract came up short on details, like at which offices filming was to take place, and on what dates. However, an attorney for Kutcher claims the DMV agreed to specifics later, including which locations were to be filmed first (Montebello, Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Torrance and Culver City) and which locations were off-limits (downtown Los Angeles, Compton and Inglewood).
A second production company working with Katalyst Media also has a suit pending. A hearing is set to take place next week, at which time the judge will make a final decision on the suits.
UPDATE JAN. 7: It's official: The suit can go ahead. Today, Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson adopted the tentative decision he issued Friday, according to City News Service. A trial has been set for July 8.