A matter Brattle was involved in, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment v. Writers Guild of America, West, et al., has been nominated for the Global Competition Review (GCR) 2022 Awards in the Litigation of the year – Non-cartel defence section, which honors “creative, strategic, and innovative litigation on behalf of a defendant in a non-cartel private action.”
A February 2021 settlement marked the final step in a long-running series of disputes between screenwriters with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and a number of large talent agencies, including William Morris, Creative Artists, and United Talent Agency. A Brattle team supported the WGA throughout the litigation process, including testimony provided by Principals Coleman Bazelon and James Reitzes that focused on the relationship between showrunners and other writers in the execution of show writing responsibilities and the adverse incentives created by agency ownership of production studios. Brattle’s analyses contributed to a highly successful outcome for the WGA, as the court dismissed William Morris’s preliminary injunction motion and a favorable settlement was agreed upon.
Public voting for the GCR Awards is open until Monday, February 14, 2022.