Brownstein wins arbitration

Temporary restraining order granted; hearing imminent

David Brownstein won the right to return to his Writers and Artists offices at a hearing held Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Brownstein was locked out of his office Tuesday, the day his agency filed a $10 million lawsuit against him. He has now won a temporary restraining order, which claims his employment contract provided for arbitration. Under arbitration, employment termination is suspended for 30 days.

The court agreed that Brownstein is due an arbitration hearing before the Writers and Artists suit can be heard.

Writers and Artists attorney Peter Haviland of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has filed an appeal. The firm’s position is that Brownstein resigned, thereby rendering the arbitration clause moot.

Brownstein initiated arbitration proceedings more than two weeks before Writers and Artists filed its suit June 17. He said he intended “to collect significant monies the agency has owed me contractually for some time.”

Brownstein’s attorney, Gerry Fox of Fox & Spillane, put the sum at “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” (Daily Variety, June 17).

Brownstein and Writers and Artists will face off under binding arbitration. Pending appeal, this would mean that Writers and Artists’ attorneys would file an amended complaint in order to continue their lawsuit.