Show-Biz Managers Lose Fight To Kill Calif. Talent Agent Law

Law360, New York (March 6, 2013, 3:51 PM EST) -- A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that the state's Talent Agencies Act, which requires talent managers to have state-issued certification, doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution, dealing a blow to managers who claim the law allows artists to dodge fees.

U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson tossed a lawsuit from the National Conference of Personal Managers that claimed TAA's license requirements — which have been used by artists to avoid paying commissions to unlicensed managers — violated a wide range of constitutional rights.

Specifically, the industry association...
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