*A class action suit was filed Friday against Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and affiliated entities for breach of contract, unfair business practices and for not paying some employees the wages they say they were due.
The lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court was filed on behalf of the class by Bernadette Pauley and Thomas Clark, who say they were among hundreds of actors and comedians who worked for Comics Unleashed Productions on the syndicated show Comics.TV.
Pauley says she hosted four episodes of Comedy.TV and that Clark performed as a stand-up comedian in at least one. They say they signed a contract that provided them with a salary and residual payments. Although their union and agents told them they were entitled to residuals, the defendants allegedly stalled and did not pay.
The suit claims that the show went on to success, not only in syndication, but also on a digital cable channel, Netflix, Verizon Fios and elsewhere. “Standing on the shoulders of the show’s achievement, defendant Byron Allen Folks and his affiliate entities have been catapulted to celebrity status and enjoyed great success,” says the suit.
The performers also claim in the suit that they had expenses related to air travel, car rentals, wardrobe and gasoline but were not repaid what they were owed, which is a violation of the labor code of law.
The suit estimates there are 112 actors and comedians who performed on the show.
*Two African-American men have just made good on their intent to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against the producers of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”
Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks are appearing with their legal team in a press conference to discuss the racism accusations outlined in the complaint filed today in Tennessee federal court. [Scroll down to read in its entirety.]
Johnson says he filled out an application to be on the show and showed up at a casting call, where he was allegedly stopped immediately by an employee for the show and asked why he was there. The employee took his application materials, according to the complaint, and said he’d pass it on. He was never contacted.
The lawsuit is based on alleged violations of civil rights laws. The plaintiffs point out that since the Civil Rights Act of 1866, federal law has guaranteed every person within the United States “the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts . . . as is enjoyed by white citizens . . . .”
The law says the class action, “plainly prohibits whites from refusing to contract with African Americans because of their race.”
The lawsuit is also intended to have a broader social message. According to the complaint, “the deliberate exclusion of people of color from the roles of the Bachelor and Bachelorette underscores the significant barriers that people of color continue to face in media and the broader marketplace.”
The plaintiffs are asking for an order that would require producers to adopt appropriate policies and programs with their alleged legal obligations. The class action also seeks punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
Read the complaint below.
*Hey South Side Chicago!
Are you feeling like something strange has been going on with your service every time you invite a technician in your home to fix something?
For instance, is the box still giving you trouble or you notice roaches around your television? Did you say yes to any of the above?
Well, you may be eligible to get in on the class action lawsuit in your area.
*The porn industry is no different than any other medium of information when it comes down to making money.
They want to find every avenue to get what their selling out there too…even if it means going through your history browser and finding out what else you’re into.
Two of the site’s visitors came into contact with the site’s sneaky little spyware and blew a whistle on them because they felt so “used.” (more…)