New Judge Assigned to Writers Guild Suit Against Big Four Agencies

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig D.

Karlan has been assigned to handle the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against Hollywood’s four major talent agencies.Karlan was appointed Monday.

The WGA, using its only preemptory challenge, removed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marc Gross on May 3 after Gross refused to voluntarily recuse himself from the case.The WGA’s lawsuit against Wme Entertainment, CAA, UTA and ICM Partners was filed April 17.

The guild is seeking to block the agencies from accepting packaging fees from studios, which the guild alleges violates the agencies’ fiduciary duty to clients.Monday’s filing said that a case management conference is scheduled for Oct.


The suit was filed April 17 by the WGA and eight individual writers, including David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” “The Deuce” and “Homicide: Life on the Streets.” Other plaintiffs are Meredith Stiehm, Barbara Hall, Patti Carr, Ashley Gable, Deric Hughes,

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