As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, AMC brought a brand new lawsuit to the table on November 18, 2021 — one that targets the creator of “The Walking Dead,” Robert Kirkman, as well as executives Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Charles Eglee and Glen Mazzara. The network has called for arbitration with these parties based on worries rooted in the “most favored nation” clauses of their contracts that already entitle them to profit participation. However, none of them have expressed intent on pursuing any legal claim of that variety.
AMC attorney Scott Edelman states that the move was made “to confirm that the recent settlement in another lawsuit related to profit participation on The Walking Dead has no impact on the agreements of these profit participants.” Although, the Kirkman crew and their representative, Sheldon Eisenberg, feel there’s more to the story here. They feel that recent developments in their preexisting court dealings with AMC that led them to success have prompted those at the network to revise their legal strategy.
To further muddy the waters, AMC’s decision to demand arbitration goes against Kirkman and some of his companions’ contracts which state “disputes are to be settled with an action at law for money damages.” Therefore, Kirkman is currently looking into an injunction to put all of this to rest before it gets out of hand. Nevertheless, Edelman is confident that they’re fighting a losing battle, asserting that “Their efforts will fail.”