Spiderman caught in a web of antitrust

Published On 31/05/2012 | By Smriti Arora | Litigation

Producers of the most expensive show in Broadway history, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, have filed a lawsuit against the musical’s former (Tony Award-winning) director Julie Taymor.

The plaintiffs, 8 Legged Productions, have alleged that Taymor, her company and her union violated the Sherman Act because they conspired and agreed to fix minimum royalty rates, health and pension benefits, and other non-bargained-for compensation for Taymor’s services, by purporting to impose a collective bargaining agreement. The President of Taymor’s union has stated that courts have consistently ruled that directors and choreographers are employees and therefore have the right to representation by a union.

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is a Solicitor in the Competition team at King & Wood Mallesons, based in the Sydney office. She is an avid tennis fan and hopes to attend each grand slam.

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