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Charlie Sheen’s lawyers seek restraining order in contract dispute

March 23, 2011 |  9:46 am

Charlie Sheen's legal team is trying to keep the actor's battle against Warner Bros. and "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre in the courts and out of arbitration.

Team Sheen on Wednesday went to Superior Court of California and filed an application for a temporary restraining order against the arbitration firm JAMS from proceeding with arbitrating the dispute.

Sheen, the star of the CBS hit "Two and a Half Men," was fired from the show by Warner Bros., which claimed Sheen was not fulfilling the obligations of his contract. Specifically, the studio said Sheen's lifestyle was taking a toll on his ability to perform. Sheen has made no secret of over indulging on substances and he is the subject of tabloid fodder on a daily basis.

But Sheen's team sued Warner Bros., the studio behind the show, and Lorre claiming he was able to perform and that they were in breach of his contract.

Warner Bros. has argued that Sheen's contract calls for arbitration to resolve any disputes and that process has already started with JAMS.

In the restraining order, Sheen's lawyers argued that there is no binding, enforceable arbitration agreement between he and Warner Bros. or Chuck Lorre.

Warner Bros. had no comment on the matter.

-- Joe Flint

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