WME Seeks Dismissal of WGA’s Antitrust Lawsuit Over Packaging

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on September 10, 2019. 

WME has filed a motion to dismiss the WGA’s counterclaims in a federal antitrust lawsuit in which the guild is asking the court to declare that agency packaging fees are illegal.

The WGA East and West and several writers sued the Big 4 talent agencies in April, but last month the WGA withdrew its claims and refiled them in federal courtWME (William Morris, Endeavor), CAAUTA and ICM Partners filed their own federal antitrust suits against the guild in June, claiming the WGA is engaging in an “unlawful group boycott.”

It its latest motion (read it here), WME notes that the guilds and writer Meredith Stiehm, a former WME client — referred to collectively as the “Counterclaimants” — first sued WME five months ago. “They have spent the time since dodging judicial scrutiny of their legally baseless state law claims. Now, Counterclaimants have channeled the creative talents of the Hollywood writers they represent and—out of nowhere—asserted antitrust and RICO conspiracy theories against WME. But plausibility—not creativity—is required to state a viable claim in federal court. None of the counterclaims meet this test, or even satisfy basic standing. …

Deadline Hollywood 9/10

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