WGA Takes Antitrust War With Talent Agencies Federal

By Mike LaSusa (August 19, 2019, 10:38 PM EDT) -- The Writers Guild of America will wage its legal battle against several major talent agencies in federal court, dropping a state-level suit and filing counterclaims on Monday in federal suits brought by the talent shops over the contested practice of agents collecting payments from pairing TV writers with studios.

The WGA fired back against a trio of federal lawsuits the agencies had filed in California federal court, arguing that the film and TV writers' union's campaign against so-called "packaging fees" — which give agencies a share of a show's budget or revenue rather than a writer's fee — constitutes protected union...

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