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Managers Renew Legal Challenge to Calif. Law

Managers Renew Legal Challenge to Calif. Law

The National Conference of Personal Managers filed its 50-page appeal against the dismissal of its challenge to California's Talent Agencies Act Wednesday.

NCOPM filed a lawsuit last November that claimed the state’s Talent Agencies Act violates the U.S. Constitution. It named California Gov. Jerry Brown, Labor Commissioner Julie Su, and Attorney General Kamala Harris as the plaintiffs.

The suit was dismissed by U. S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson in MarchThe Nevada-based trade group filed a notice of appeal in April and lodged its full appeal this week. 

The NCOPM appeal claims the district court committed judicial error and abused its discretion in dismissing their lawsuit and requests the Court of Appeals to declare the TAA unconstitutional for violating due process and equal protection rights, interfering and burdening interstate commerce, restraining First Amendment commercial speech rights, impairing the constitutionally protected right to contract and subjecting mangers through legal coercion to enforced service without compensation, according to a release.

"The provisions, interpretation and enforcement of the TAA unfairly single out personal managers and deny us our constitutional rights," stated NCOPM President Clinton Ford Billups Jr.

"Personal managers have lost in excess of $500,000,000 in legitimately earned compensation either because the California Labor Commissioner has wrongfully ordered disgorgement or the managers have been forced to settle for fear of facing the risks and legal costs of TAA controversies."

No court date is set, but the case is expected to drag into next year. 

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