Judge rebuffs SAG's Rosenberg
A judge on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order sought by SAG President Alan Rosenberg to block negotiations between the union and the major studios.
Rosenberg and three other board members are seeking to overturn a recent vote by a majority of board members that ousted the union's chief negotiator and disbanded the union's negotiating committee, contending that the action violated the state's corporate code.
But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant denied the request for an injunction, citing several technical errors in the lawsuit, and ordered that the complaint be resubmitted. A hearing on the case will be held Thursday. The litigation has delayed contract negotiations that were set to resume this week.
"They are so desperate to hold on to their power that they are willing to burn down their own house,'' said New York SAG President Sam Freed, one of the board members being sued. Rosenberg declined to comment.
-- Richard Verrier