Some 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinions beg to be read, merely because of the style of the case. The July 24 decision in Martin, et al. v. Spring Break ’83 Productions, et al. is one of those cases.
The decision concerns an unexciting dispute over the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case involves three key grips who worked on filming a movie in Hammond, La., in late 2007 who allege they were not paid for their work on the set, which resulted in a 2009 complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, according to the decision. After a settlement of the dispute, the defendant movie company moved for summary judgment dismissing the case, which a Louisiana trial court approved in 2011. The plaintiffs appealed the order, but the 5th Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision.
Despite all that legal action, the movie at issue, “Spring Break ’83,” has not been released in theaters, according to the Internet Movie Database, which lists the film as having an undetermined release date in 2012. According to the site, the plot involves: “The Z-Rows, four friends who are bullied by their graduating high school class[,] find revenge against the now freshman college students while on spring break during 1983.”
The list of actors in the movie will be familiar to anyone who remembers 1983. They include John Goodman, Joe Pantonliano, Lee Majors, Morgan Fairchild, Erik Estrada and, unbelievably, Adrian Zmed.
--- John Council