June 6, 2019 | Professor Barry P. McDonald is quoted in the Los Angeles Times article, “As Writers Battle Their Agents, Finding a Judge Becomes a Challenge.” The article discusses the suit filed by the Writers Guild of America against Hollywood’s four biggest talent agencies over the legality of packaging fees, in which two Los Angeles Superior Court judges have removed themselves due to personal ties to the entertainment industry.
Excerpt from “As Writers Battle Their Agents, Finding a Judge Becomes a Challenge”
“It’s important for a judge in a case to avoid both the appearance and reality of having a conflict of interest,” said Barry McDonald, a professor of law at Pepperdine University, who isn’t involved in the case.
“Obviously given the breadth of the entertainment industry here in L.A., there’s going to be a number of occasions where a judge does have ties to a side in a case where someone can call into question his impartiality.”
The complete article may be found here