The action follows last month’s dismissal of a similar case against the same defendants, by a federal judge who ruled that multiple defendants could not be sued in a single action – the writers are now suing the defendants separately.
According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, the suit claims that each defendant engaged in a pattern or practice of refusing to hire or represent them because of their age.
Defendants include, among others:
- television networks NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, the WB and UPN
- movies studios, Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox
- talent agencies, the William Morris agency, Creative
Artists Agency, and International Creative Management