The Marikina Regional Trial Court Branch 273 canceled the second hearing in the copyright infringement case filed by Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Jenny Ferre against Television and Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE).
According to the reports, a hearing was supposed to happen on July 31, but it was canceled when Sotto failed to submit a judicial affidavit on the time set by the court.
It can be recalled that TVJ and Ferre asked the court to stop TAPE Inc. from using the artistic elements surrounding Eat Bulaga, including its title, theme song, and segments.
When Tito was already set to testify in court, the lawyer of TAPE, Atty. Maggie Abraham-Garduque and GMA Network lawyer Eric Vincent Estoesta objected to the E.A.T host’s presentation on the witness stand, saying that the former senate president didn’t pass a judicial affidavit on time.
The court approved the objection of the two layers and canceled the hearing.
However, they gave Sotto a chance to pass his judicial affidavit within three days and was fined P5,000 as the Supreme Court rule stated.
The hearing was scheduled on August 11 and August 25.
As of writing, TVJ’s camp has yet to give any comment on why they failed to submit a judicial affidavit.