Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Bill Scherer as his special counsel to sue Digital Domain’s John Textor. According to the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Scherer is expected to look into the legal grounds of the issue to see if a case can be made against Textor, which could also affect former Gov. Charlie Crist, under whose watch the issue took place.
As last reported, The Orlando Sentinel stated in an article that the decision to seek outside counsel for lawsuit purposes comes after a failed $20 million tax incentive deal. Over a year ago, Scott’s inspector general, Melinda Miguel, outlined how former governor Crist and legislative leaders used “proviso language” in order to push the $20 million economic development project through. According to the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Textor made state officials believe in a $20 million grant to support the creation of an animation and special effects production house in Florida. However, states the site, the lack of research on Textor’s finances led the incentive plan to go bust.
This is not Textor’s first run in with legal issues; he and his company Pulse are currently in the middle of a patent law battle with Hologram USA over the rights to the technology that allowed for the creation of the lifelike Michael Jackson hologram. The hologram premiered during May’s Billboard Music Awards.
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