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Scott Kerman — who wrote “No Ticket? No Problem!” — tried to publicize his book by crashing the Academy Award ceremonies in 1997 and has seen his problems multiply ever since. First, Kerman was arrested and forced to spend nine hours in a South Central Los Angeles jail with assorted felons eying his tuxedo, he said in court documents. Then, he and his attorneys sued for false arrest, and he was forced to tell the court that the part of his book that said he had sneaked into 300 concerts and sporting events was “pure fiction.” A number of summary judgments later, one judge tossed out his suit, and another slapped him with a restraining order to keep him away from future Oscar ceremonies. Which brings us to July 31, when the Los Angeles business litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges sued Kerman for malicious prosecution. The latest problem for Kerman was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, with Oscar counsel David Quinto and his firm, Quinn Emanuel, as the lead plaintiffs. Joining in the action is the 71-year-old Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose executive director, Bruce Davis, has been quoted in the press as saying his group would certainly like to have the $100,000 in legal fees it spent fighting Kerman to use to restore aging film instead. Quinn Emanuel attorney Christopher Tayback, who filed the suit, won’t say whether that’s the amount in dispute. He also had no comment on a 1998 Los Angeles Times report that Kerman, formerly of Marina del Rey, had moved out of state. “I’m not going into anything beyond what is in the complaint,” he said. The suit says Kerman groundlessly alleged 10 torts against the Academy and Quinn Emanuel, and named Quinto in nine of them. They ranged from assault and battery to false light invasion of privacy. “From the outset, the record was clear that the defendant’s factual allegations lacked any evidentiary support,” the suit alleges. And “Quinto was thrice forced to file motions for summary adjudication,” only to have Kerman’s lawyers repeatedly continue hearings. At Kerman’s law firm, LaTorraca & Goettsch, a receptionist said all questions about the suit were being referred to co-defendant Raymond Goettsch, and he is out of the office for several days.

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