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Jenni Rivera's ex-manager sued to stop biopic

Fans of singer Jenni Rivera may be interested in learning that a TV show that would have detailed her life may not proceed as planned. Rivera, whose rise to stardom culminated in her own reality show and touched the lives of many supporters across Texas, died in a plane crash in 2012. Rivera's ex-manager and a number of production companies wanted to create a miniseries about the events of her life, but in September 2016, they were sued over their intentions.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of the late singer's estate. It alleged that the former manager and his production partners violated a non-disclosure agreement they had been party to in 2013. According to reports, the estate also had its own plans for biopic projects with Telemundo, and although the manager planned to air his series on Univision, the complaint didn't actually accuse Univision of any wrongdoing.

The estate complained that the manager's actions harmed the singer's surviving children as well as the company that holds the majority of her assets. It also noted that the children should be able to decide what details the public gets to know about their mother and accused the manager of breaching his fiduciary duties by making continued disclosures.

Commercial litigation can involve many aspects of people's personal lives. When people die and leave their business assets to others, certain parties may remain bound by agreements established before the deaths in question. Unfortunately, they don't always fulfill their obligations, and this can throw a wrench in the plans of survivors and other business entities. When suing someone who reneges to ensure compliance, it's important to build a proper claim. Talking to an attorney about such contract breaches might make it easier to file a legally sound complaint.

Source: FOX News Latino, "Planned Univision bio-series on Jenni Rivera threatened by lawsuit," Sept. 14, 2016

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