February 22, 2012 2:07pm PT by Jonathan Handel
SAG Slams Anti-Merger Lawsuit
SAG responded sharply to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by opponents seeking to derail the SAG/AFTRA merger referendum, blasting the suit as “completely without merit (and a) preposterous . . . attempt at circumventing the will of the membership.”
The statement called the litigation “a public relations stunt that follows a clear pattern by some of the plaintiffs of filing unsuccessful lawsuits against their own union.” That’s a reference to former guild president Alan Rosenberg and current board member Anne-Marie Johnson, who are plaintiffs both in the current suit and in a 2009 action that spawned three separate court cases, all of which were unsuccessful.
Noting that today’s lawsuit fails to seek an immediate halt to balloting, SAG general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland told The Hollywood Reporter that the plaintiffs “probably don’t want to see their claims thrown out as quickly as last time.”