Hollywood Talent Agencies Can't Pare WGA's Antitrust Claims

By Craig Clough (August 13, 2020, 6:35 PM EDT) -- Two of Hollywood's top talent agencies lost their bid to pare down counterclaims from the Writers Guild of America unions in a dispute over fee structures, with a California federal judge ruling Thursday that the guilds have standing on state antitrust claims and can seek declaratory and injunctive relief.

After hacking away at the claims in the Writers Guild of America's original complaint in the spring, U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. allowed all the amended counterclaims challenged by the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC and Creative Artists Agency LLC in a partial motion to dismiss to move forward.

The guilds...

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