A lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court that blames the death of Louise Jackson on the air conditioning system of the Burbank headquarters of the Walt Disney Company.
In his lawsuit, Dennis Jackson says that toxic contaminated wastewater from the air conditioning system migrated into nearby residential areas and has contaminated drinking water, and that the pollutants are responsible for Louise Jackson’s death.
Michael Poryes, co-creator of the Hannah Montana character which has brought in billions for Disney, says he is entitled to a percentage of the bank brought in by the books, movies and merchandise.
Poryes is suing using intellectual property law for almost $1 million dollars for compensatory damages, punitive damages, court costs and of course interest.
Disney at this time does not have any comment.
Back in May 2008, Adrian Bailey, a performer in Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical in New York City, was badly injured when he fell through the trap door on the deck of the sailing ship set and landed on the stage forty feet below.
Last Thursday, Bailey filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan against both Disney and production companies that built the technical apparatuses for the show. He is seeking compensation for injuries that “were caused by the carelessness, negligence and recklessness of the defendants.”
Personal injuries like this may become a more common occurrence. A local New York actor, Dennis Baker, noted “in the age where Broadway shows seem to try and match the technical scale of movies the dangers for actors have increased. Unlike the movies, on stage there is no landing pad just off camera or safety net to catch an actor when something goes wrong.” Baker’s opinion echoes the growing concern for stage actors’ safety.
Representative for Disney have at this time declined comment on the case.