Ruling due in 'Grace' case
The judge presiding over the “Will & Grace” profits trial will announce this morning whether he plans to declare a mistrial or let the case proceed.Having deliberated for more than a week, the jury on the case — in which “Will & Grace” exec producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan sued NBC Studios over money they believe they’re owed — had already rendered a verdict on the case. But L.A. Superior Court Judge Warren Ettinger did not read the decision. That’s because a jury misconduct motion had been filed, forcing Ettinger to remove the jury foreman from the case. The juror was removed after it was revealed that he runs a Web site known for taking a harsh stance against major corporations. Ettinger spent Thursday afternoon interviewing each juror to determine whether the dismissed member had a major impact on his or her decision. The judge will tell the courtroom todayat 9 a.m. if a mistrial has been declared or if the jury will be sent back to deliberate with an alternate juror. Kohan and Mutchnick (and their agent, Scott Schwartz) filed suit against the Peacock in 2003, claiming that series producer NBC Studios failed to negotiate a fair license fee from its sibling network buyer — costing the scribes tens of millions of dollars. At the time, NBC countersued, alleging that Kohan and Mutchnick breached their contract by failing to take part in negotiations at the net to renew “Will & Grace.”
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