Mazzone v. Grant Wilfley Casting et al.

Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Defendants Massey, Sable & Ryman's Motion for Summary Judgment


From _Backstage_ magazine (

"An actor from Toms River, N.J., is suing a major New York casting office and the Screen Actors Guild, alleging that employees of the office solicited bribes in exchange for work and that when the actor notified SAG of the situation, union officials did not do enough to stop it.

"SAG's Codified Basic Agreement for Independent Producers forbids anyone with the power to hire background actors from demanding or accepting remuneration beyond "normal courtesy," such as small gifts during the holidays. However, actor Caroline S. Mazzone alleges that, over the course of a year beginning in late 2001, she gave several gifts worth between $200 and $300 to employees of Grant Wilfley Casting after they suggested to her that it would help her get more work.

"The federal lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey in December 2005, names 13 defendants. Mazzone accuses Wilfley and his five employees of commercial bribery under the civil code of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. She is also suing Grant Wilfley Casting, SAG, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBC Universal Television, and three smaller casting offices -- Extra Extra Casting, Kee Casting, and Hungry Man Productions -- for breach of contract, asserting they violated the terms of all relevant contracts by ignoring the rules against casting background actors through personal favoritism or, in the case of SAG, by not doing enough to stop it."

The case was dismissed on summary judgment. We represented three casting agent defendants. This is our reply summary judgment brief.

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Reference Info:Legal Memoranda: Motions for Summary Judgment/Adjudication | Federal, 3rd Circuit, New Jersey | United States

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