Court OK for ageism settlement

Pair of lawsuits involve about 600 writers

Settlements in a pair of lawsuits, numbering among 23 class actions over alleged age discrimination in Hollywood, have won court approval.

The AARP -- which has helped represent TV writers in their actions against talent agencies, studios and networks -- said Thursday that Los Angeles Superior Court has accepted the settlement by agency defendants ICM and Broder Kurland Webb. Plaintiffs in the cases have sued on behalf of more than 6,000 older scribes.

ICM has agreed to a $4.5 million settlement; the terms cover Broder Kurland, which was included in 2006. The settled suits -- for which ICM is insured, except for $175,000 -- involve about 600 writers.