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Digging Up the Dirt

By scouring the public record, deal-makers can play detective, too.

By Marc Diener

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Recently, one of my clients was asked to sign the kind ofcontract that gives Hollywood movie producers a bad name. It wasludicrously over-reaching and filled with a genre of legalese thatwas more likely to create a nuisance lawsuit than a motionpicture.

Out of curiosity, I typed the producer's name into anInternet search engine. Before you could say "I'll see youin court," I learned the producer had sued at least onecelebrity in exactly the same kind of deal! Obviously, I had oneword of advice for my client: "Run."

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