SAG Suit Denied on Technicality; Will be Re-Filed3 Feb, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
An attempt Feb. 3 by dissident board members from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) headed by President Alan Rosenberg to obtain a temporary restraining order and reinstate former chief negotiator Doug Allen was denied by a judge on procedural grounds.
L.A. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant said the complaint filed by Anne-Marie Johnson, Diane Ladd, Kent McCord and Rosenberg required additional amendments that included identifying specific causes of action and notifying all 41 named defendants.
The plaintiffs indicated they would re-file the application for an injunction regarding the written assent of Jan. 26 on Feb. 5.
Specifically the group seeks to void a coup last month by a majority of SAG board members that resulted in the termination of Allen and placement of a new negotiating team, headed by senior advisor John McGuire.
Renewed contract talks, originally slated for Feb. 3-4 between SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the union representing studios, have been postponed until further notice.