* The court's ruling in Francis Coppola's lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Warner Bros.' public claim of "victory" were remarkable for two reasons ["$60 Million of Coppola's Studio Award Thrown Out," Oct. 15]:
First, the jury specifically found, and the trial court confirmed, that Warner Bros. intentionally and wrongfully interfered with Mr. Coppola's right to make a "Pinocchio" motion picture at Columbia Pictures.
The jury also found and the court confirmed that Warner acted with no justification whatsoever and that Warner damaged Coppola in the sum of $20 million. For Warner Bros. to claim "victory" in the face of these specific factual findings and this massive verdict unfortunately means that Warner hasn't heard the message that the jury sent so clearly.
Second, in this case, we had 12 jurors who took time away from their jobs and families in order to do their civic duty and render a just decision. After the evidence was completed, the jury spent five full days considering all of the evidence and not only made the findings set forth above, but also found, by clear and convincing evidence, that Warner Bros. acted with malice and fraud.