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Lawsuits hit talk show host

An attorney investor and a group of six employees have filed separate suits in Los Angeles Superior Court against talk show host Byron Allen and his producers for allegedly breaching contracts to pay them.

Attorney Gordon Soladar, who sued both on his own behalf and for the employees, said he invested $ 25,000 in “The Byron Allen Show” in September 1991 under an agreement that called for the return of his money over the course of a year plus .5% of the show’s gross.

He says he didn’t get the money.

The employees’ suit says they were not paid a total of at least $ 76,000 in wages, commissions and expenses and thus were forced to resign. The plaintiffs want their money plus unspecified damages for their job loss.

The employee plaintiffs include Dennis Gresham, Jim Francis, Lou Israel, Scott Lanken, Chris Wise and Judith Bernat. Also named as defendants are Carolyn Folks and BYCA Television Distribution Inc.

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