Contracts Deny Hollywood Talent Their Day In Court

Law360, New York (August 9, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT) -- A recent ruling by a California judge that sent Charlie Sheen's dispute with Warner Bros. to arbitration against the actor's wishes highlights the controversy surrounding the growth of arbitration clauses in entertainment contracts, which block talent from bringing their cases before a jury and contribute to the dearth of case law, attorneys say.

In the past few years, provisions requiring parties to arbitrate disputes have become, if not quite the standard, then certainly a common feature of contracts between studios and networks and actors, writers, directors...
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