WGA Files Opposition to Big 3 Agencies’ Motion to Stay Document Discovery in Ongoing Antitrust Suits

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on April 17, 2020.

The WGA [on Friday] filed its opposition to the Big 3 talent agency’s motion to temporarily stay the discovering of certain documents sought by the guild, telling a federal judge that such a stay would “seriously prejudice the guilds’ ability to defend and prosecute this case.”

The two sides have been locked in a contentious legal battle over packaging fees and agency affiliations with related production entities for the last year, with each accusing the other of violating antitrust laws.

Earlier this month, WMECAA and UTA asked US District Court Judge Andre Birotte Jr. to postpone the guild’s discovery efforts, saying there is a “clear possibility” the guild’s counterclaims against them will be dismissed. On January 6, the judge denied the WGA’s motion to dismiss the antitrust lawsuits filed against it by the three agencies, but he has yet to rule on the agencies’ motion to dismiss the guild’s counterclaims against them. Oral arguments on that motion were held on January 24. …

Deadline Hollywood 4/17

 

Dominant Hollywood Talent Agencies Seek Stay of Document Discovery in WGA Suit

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on April 2, 2020.

The Big Three talent agencies, locked in an antitrust lawsuit with the WGA, have asked a federal judge to temporarily stay discovery on certain documents sought by the guild, saying there is a “clear possibility” the guild’s counterclaims against them will be dismissed.

On January 6, US District Court Judge Andre Birotte Jr. denied the WGA’s motion to dismiss the antitrust lawsuits filed against it by WMECAA and UTA, but he has yet to rule on the agencies’ motion to dismiss the guild’s counterclaims against them. Oral arguments on that motion were held on January 24.

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In a motion filed with the court Wednesday (read it here), the agencies said that even though they believe “that a stay might be justified for many more than the document requests put at issue by this motion, the stay that the agencies request is limited to just those 16 document requests included in their final attempt at compromise with Counterclaimants.” The two sides, they said, “have for weeks been engaged in extensive meet-and-confers concerning their respective documents requests.”

In a statement, the WGA said that it “disagrees that a stay is appropriate and we will file written opposition to the motion. The evidence that will be uncovered through discovery will prove the agencies’ conflicts of interest and breaches of fiduciary duty that we have detailed in our lawsuit.” …

Deadline Hollywood 4/2

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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