Andrew Stevens Jul. 15, 2014, 5:42pm


NEW ORLEANS- – A motion picture producer has filed suit against another production company for alleged fraud and bad faith breach of contract regarding a film the two companies had agreed to work together to produce.

Beelman-Soto Productions LLC and Erik Beelman filed suit against Foreshadow Photography LLC, Merrill Capps, and Todd Klick in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on June 6, 2014.

Beelman-Soto Productions and Beelman claim that the defendants committed fraud in order to unjustly enrich themselves at the expense of the plaintiffs.

They claim the defendants worked with a film crew much larger than necessary and much larger than would be standard in the film industry in order to inflate travel, food, and other expenses. Beelman-Soto Productions and Beelman also assert that they relied on the defendants' experience in the industry, but that they misapplied many technical aspects in production. The incorrect technical aspects allegedly included resolution and the footage was filmed in an improper method.

The defendants are accused of fraud, breach of contract, gross negligence and unjust enrichment for their actions in the production of a film being funded by the plaintiff that the plaintiff claims was never completed.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than $175,370 in damages for funds invested in the motion picture as well as an unknown amount in damages for lost profits, lost opportunity costs and all attorneys’ fees.

Beelman-Soto Productions LLC and Erik Beelman are represented by Michael T. Wawrzycki from the firm of Reich, Album & Plunkett LLC in Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case no. 2014-05627.

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