The case has taken a new turn, with the studio saying they will digitally alter the tattoo before the DVD release in December, if things aren't settled by then.
Today, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry set a trial date for February 21, 2012, although it is unlikely this case will go to trial. S. Victor Whitmill's lawyers argued for a trial date in August, although Warner Bros. countered, saying they will replace Whitmill's design with another tattoo after The Hangover Part II's theatrical run. Here's an excerpt from one of the court documents submitted today.
Judge Catherine Perry has scheduled a private mediation session for June 16, for both sides to work out their issues, which could lead to a settlement agreement. As of today, The Hangover Part II has taken in nearly $350 million worldwide, after just two and a half weeks in theaters.
The Hangover Part II was released May 26th, 2011 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung, Paul Giamatti, Nick Cassavetes. The film is directed by Todd Phillips.