Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, the founders of the Panama law firm that creamed multi-millions from businessmen, politicians, sportsmen and celebrities seeking to avoid taxes through offshore front companies are now seeking their biggest haul, a $10 billion lawsuit against Netflix.
It was launched on Tuesday, October 15, three days after the platform premiered The Laundromat a film about the “Panama Papers” scandal uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in 2016.
In the civil lawsuit, filed in the Connecticut District Court, in the United States, the two lawyers, and the Mossack Fonseca & CO. and MF & CO Law Firm, claim from Netflix the payment of $10 billion, for alleged defamation, invasion of deprivation, false advertising and trademark violation.
The plaintiffs allege that The Laundromat) presents them "as ruthless and indifferent lawyers, who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion, bribes and / or other criminal conduct." They also refer that the "real" name of both is used in the film, in a "defamatory" manner.
They indicate in the demand that in the advance of the film it is indicated that it is " based on real crap ", and then the question appears: " How do 15vmillion millionaires in 200 countries stay rich? ". Answer: " with lawyers like these, " and immediately appear actors Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, who play Mossack and Fonseca, respectively, laughing "sinisterly, dressed in flashy clothes."
Actress Meryl Streep, plays Ellen Martin, a widow deceived by the traps of the financial system and central character of the plot.
All the lawsuit will accomplish is make more people curious about the case and therefore the movie will make more money. The case will shine even more light on the criminal activity of Mossack and Fonseca. Anyway they will never defeat Netflix which has the U.S. Constitution on its side and has billions to protect themselves. It would have behooved Messrs. M and F to simply remain quiet and keep a low profile.
With a little online simple research through various archives of the past one can only come to the conclusion... This guys were dirty.
Netflix has it coming. I never thought I'd be rooting for lawyers...but here we go!