WGA pulls state lawsuit against talent agencies and takes fight to federal court

August 19, 2019Media Mention
Los Angeles Times

The Writers Guild of America, West on Monday moved to dismiss its own state lawsuit against several talent agencies as the union took its case to federal court, escalating a fight that has rattled Hollywood for months.

The guild on Monday filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit it filed against the major talent agencies in April, according to a court filing obtained by the Times.

“It’s unorthodox to file a state court lawsuit and then dismiss that lawsuit with the demurrer [motion to dismiss in state court] pending,” said Dan Stone, a partner in the litigation and entertainment and media groups of law firm Greenberg Glusker. “It seems like the WGA has changed their litigation strategy midstream.”