Hollywood Agents Target Remaining WGA Antitrust Claims

By Craig Clough (July 10, 2020, 10:06 PM EDT) -- Hollywood's major talent agencies urged a California federal judge on Friday to dismiss the Writers Guild of America's remaining counterclaims alleging antitrust violations over so-called "packaging fees," rejecting the WGA's assertion that the agencies are seeking to relitigate arguments the judge has already ruled on.

During a phone hearing, Jeffrey L. Kessler of Winston & Strawn LLP, representing agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, told the judge Friday that the guild and writers lack standing under California law to bring a Cartwright Act claim. 

Although the judge already declined to dismiss the Cartwright Act claim, Kessler said agencies did not previously make...

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