Writers Guild Legal Arbitration

Under the provisions of the WGAW Minimum Basic Agreement (“MBA”), there is a Writers Guild Legal Arbitration process to deal with disputes between writers and signatories to the MBA that arise under the terms of the MBA (examples: not following the provisions of the MBA such as a dispute over money due to the writer).

In a Writers Guild Legal Arbitration, both sides present their cases to a neutral arbitrator (who is essentially judge and jury) and the arbitrator decides the outcome of the case.  The first part of the Writers Guild Legal Arbitration process is a “hearing” which is similar to a court trial.  The second part of the Writers Guild Legal Arbitration process consists of each attorney for each side presenting a written brief to the arbitrator presenting the attorney’s arguments for the attorney’s client.  If the case is complex there may be additional written briefs.  The third part of the Writers Guild Legal Arbitration process is the arbitrator’s written decision.

Although you can be represented by a WGAW attorney, you can also choose a private attorney to supplement the work of Guild Counsel  For most cases, a WGAW Legal Arbitration is the exclusive remedy for a writer.  However, there are certain types of cases where a writer has the right to go to court to pursue the writer’s claim or claims..

Richard Freiman, an experienced entertainment attorney and a WGAW member can represent you in a WGAW Legal Arbitration as well as pursue your case in court. Contact Richard Freiman for a free consultation and case evaluation at (818) 378-3530 or via the form on the right.