Cineplex Inc., the Toronto-based Canadian entertainment company employing more than 10,000 workers across 165 movie theatres in Canada, said late on Friday that it would file a lawsuit against the British entertainment industry Goliath Cineworld Group Plc., claiming $2.18 billion in liabilities over a $1.65 billion buyout deal that Cineworld had scrapped on June 12.
Aside from that, the Canadian movie theatre operator had also added on its statement that the Toronto-based entertainment company would seek about $2.18 billion in damages which Cineworld had agreed to pay during the closing of the deal, while Cineplex had also told that the company would seek further $664 million in debt and transaction expenses which Cineworld had botched to deliver.
Cineplex claims Cineworld breaches its obligation in contractual performance
Meanwhile, adding that the Canadian movie theatre operator, whose market cap had been plunged to C$513 million as of last month due to the forced closure measures, had been a victim of breaches in contractual performance and the British entertainment company had declined its obligation and duty of “good faith and honesty” in contractual performance, Cineplex said in the statement, “The contractual agreements between the parties expressly exclude outbreaks of illness, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as a circumstance entitling Cineworld to terminate the arrangement.
” In point of fact, latest polemics from Cineplex came forth roughly three weeks after the British entertainment company had cancelled the deal to buy the Canadian movie theatre operator citing that the Canadian company’s breach in merger accord between the cinema operators.
Conspicuously, the Canadian firm had denied the allegations adding that the rollback in Cineworld’s decision was stemmed from the fiscal fallouts of the forced lockdown measures, while in a separate statement, the Toronto-based entertainment company was also quoted saying that the company had been exploring an option to claim alternative liabilities stemmed off the loss of benefits of its stakeholders.