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Julianna Margulies, former management co. embroiled in entertainment lawsuit

Julianna Margulies, who steamed up the small screen with George Clooney on "ER" before starring in "The Good Wife," was sued by her former management company in July.

Last week, though, Margulies showed that turnabout is fair play and filed an entertainment lawsuit against her former manager.

To explore this issue, let's start at the beginning: D/F Management sued Margulies because it claims that she owes the company at least $420,000 in unpaid commissions. It also claims that it is owed at least 10 percent of earnings from deals Margulies signed while represented by D/F, such as her endorsement with L'Oreal cosmetics.

In her countersuit, Margulies said her management company demonstrated "a general lack of initiative, attention, focus and commitment." In other words, she seems to be implying that her management company did not use its best efforts to advance her career. She alleges that D/F breached their contract by not performing the services she expected it to render and is seeking to be compensated for the damages she incurred by remaining with a management company she viewed as underperforming.

We don't have any personal insight into this issue, so we have no idea who is wrong and who is right, but generally speaking, we commend Margulies for standing up for herself. Entertainers usually are not as business savvy as are their managers and agents, so sometimes they can wind up feeling taken advantage of this. One way to avoid this feeling is to work with an attorney whom you have confidence in.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Julianna Margulies Fires Back at Ex-Manager Lawsuit, Claims 'Inappropriate' Behavior," Eriq Gardner, Oct. 19, 2012

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