WGA files new federal lawsuit against big three agencies

Screen | 8/19/2019 | Staff
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In the latest twist in the dispute between Hollywood writers and agents, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has filed claims against William Morris Endeavor (WME), Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and United Talent Agency (UTA) charging that packaging fees violate federal antitrust laws and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

At the same time, the WGA has withdrawn the California state court lawsuit it filed in April against WME, CAA, UTA and ICM Partners. The state court claims will now be consolidated and decided as part of the federal court action, filed in the US District Court.

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The new filings also, said the WGA, “respond to and deny as baseless” the antitrust claims WME, CAA and UTA filed against the Guild since the Guild’s original state court action.

A Guild spokesman said the new action does not include ICM because that agency did not file against the WGA. But, he added, “we are considering our options with respect to bringing claims against ICM and other agencies in federal court.”

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