Attorney fees and
legal costs for this lawsuit are paid for by the NCOPM - Stop TAA Legal Fund,
which is funded by contributions from personal
managers and other industry professionals nationwide.
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 $500,000,000 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 has petitioned the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to declare the TAA unconstitutional and enjoin the California Labor Commissioner from continued enforcement of the TAA, which for decades has violated the constitutional rights of personal managers.
The Ninth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals recently vacated a District Court's dismissal of the NCOPM lawsuit and remanded the case back to the District Court for a ruling.