Jennifer Lopez had a huge victory in court in California on Friday when an appeals judge sided with her and ordered that an invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed against her first husband be handled in arbitration rather than in a public court case, reports the Associated Press.
The ruling states that Lopez's attorneys provided a Los Angeles judge with plenty of information supporting that she had a binding arbitration agreement with her first husband, Ojani Noa.
The actress sued Noa for $10 million in November 2009 after he and his agent announced plans to use portions of 11 hours of home videos to produce a movie based on the couple's relationship.
The couple married in 1997, but their marriage lasted 11 months. This isn't her first court battle with Noa, in 2007 Lopez won $545,000 in damages in a seperate lawsuit that blocked Noa from publishing a ghostwritten tell-all book.
A settlement agreement between the Lopez and Noa prohibits him from "disclosing for monetary gain any private or intimate details about Lopez or Noa's relationship with Lopez." The agreement also binds any of his agents to the same terms.
The videos do not depict the singer and actress in sexual situations, according to the wire service, and have been blocked for release by a judge. Ed Meyer, Noa's agent, threatened to release clips from the videos earlier this year, which prompted a judge to order them to be stored in a bank safe deposit box with restricted access in June.
Lopez turned 42 on Sunday, July 24. On July 15, Lopez and Anthony, who is 42 and is also a singer and actor, announced they would end their marriage of seven years. The couple has not specified a reason for the split. The two married in June 2004 and their twins were born in February 2008.