A Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging the Constitutionality of the California Talent Agencies Act

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The California Talent Agencies Act
is unconstitutional, plus unfair
to artists and managers

For decades, celebrities have invoked the California Talent Agencies Act (TAA) to avoid paying personal managers by claiming that their managers had acted as unlicensed talent agents.

Personal managers nationwide have forfeited an estimated $500 million due to either the California Labor Commissioner voiding management contracts and ordering disgorgement of compensation or managers being forced to settle artist disputes rather than face the risks and legal costs of a TAA hearing and subsequent litigation.

TAA controversies have resulted in bankruptcy, foreclosure, divorce, suicide and other personal tragedies for managers and other talent representatives nationwide. Plus, the TAA has had a chilling effect on the willingness of managers to sign younger talent who do not have agency representation. 

With the support of the Music Managers Forum - US and the Talent Managers Association, the National Conference of Personal Managers filed a federal lawsuit in November 2012 requesting that the U. S. District Court of the Central District of California declare that the TAA is unconstitutional and enjoin the California Labor Commissioner from continued enforcement of the TAA, which for decades has violated the constitutional rights of personal managers.

Although the District Court dismissed the NCOPM lawsuit in March 2013, NCOPM appealed that ruling and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated the decsion in March 2015 and remended the case back to the District Court.

In August 2015, the District Court ruled that NCOPM has standing as a plaintiff to bring the lawsuit and the CA Labor Commissioner has standing as a defendant to be sued in her official capacity and the NCOPM appeal is once again before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.