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Warner Bros. has filed for arbitration in a dispute with Miramax over claims by Bob and Harvey Weinstein that they are due part of the profits for ” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

The move comes with the studio prepping for next week’s worldwide launch of Peter Jackson’s second “Hobbit” movie, co-financed by Warner’s New Line Cinema division and MGM.

The studio made the filing last week in New York with Jams Inc., formerly Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services. The arbitration is private.

Miramax and the Weinsteins are represented by Los Angeles attorneys Bert Fields and Aaron Moss of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.  Warner Bros. has retained as outside counsel Evan Chesler at Cravath Swaine and Moore in New York and John Spiegel at Munger Tolles and Olsen in Los Angeles.

The Weinsteins participated in the profits from New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings »


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