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Judge denies Charlie Sheen's request in contract dispute

March 23, 2011 | 10:15 am

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor has denied a request by Charlie Sheen's legal team for a temporary restraining order to stop the arbitration proceedings in Sheen’s contract dispute with Warner Bros. and "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre.

"Despite Charlie Sheen asking for extraordinary relief to stop the arbitration the court's ruling was not a surprise," said Lorre's attorney Howard Weitzman. "The judge found no "emergency" existed and ordered Mr. Sheen's attorneys to follow normal procedure in their attempts to halt the arbitration of this dispute."

Sheen's team said they will next take the matter up with Judge Allan Goodman, who was the judge originally assigned to Sheen's $100-million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Lorre.  The arbitration firm JAMS has already started preliminary work on handling the dispute over Sheen's firing from the hit CBS sitcom. His lawyers will continue to try to halt arbitration in the case, being handled by JAMS.

Sheen’s lawyers maintain that the actor’s rights would be violated if his case were not heard in court.

-- Joe Flint

Related post:

Charlie Sheen seeks TRO in dispute against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre.

For the record: This post was updated to include a quote from Chuck Lorre's attorney Howard Weitzman.

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