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Sharp v. Next Entm't, Inc., B194374

In an action arising when reality television production companies and television networks alleged violation of wage and labor laws, wherein defendant sought to disqualify plaintiffs' counsel based on the fact that the firm representing the Writers Guild of America was also counsel for plaintiffs and plaintiffs' attorney fees and costs were paid by the Guild, denial of defendant's qualification motion is affirmed where the Guild and plaintiffs both signed effective written waivers which demonstrated their understanding and acknowledgment of all purported conflicts of interest and material risk of continued simultaneous representation by the same firm.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/28/2008
  • Published 05/28/2008




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Rothner, Segall & Greenstone, Glenn Rothner, Emma Leheny and Jean Shin, Pasadena;  Robert D. Newman for Plaintiffs and Appellants., Altshuler Berzon, Scott A. Kronland, Danielle Leonard and Rebecca Smullin, San Francisco, as Amici Curiae for the Service Employees International Union, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Protection and Advocacy, Inc., and The Impact Fund, in support of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, William L. Cole, Jeffrey L. Richardson, Emma Luevano, Los Angeles, and Seth A. Stevelman for Defendants and Appellants.
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