UTA Fires Back

United Talent Agency has responded in court to a suit filed against it by Creative Artists Agency, which accused UTA of poaching agents and clients in “a lawless, midnight raid” in April.

UTA, in a May 20 filing, called the suit a “thinly veiled attempt to illegally restrict competition” and asked for hearing dates on several motions and demurrers it by in defense.

Calling the suit “a desperate attempt to save face,” UTA’s filings invoke California’s personal services rules, which prohibit such contracts longer than seven years.

UTA insists agents Gregory Cavic and Gregory McKnight – two of the named agents in CAA’s suit – had long passed the seven-year mark while at CAA. UTA also demands arbitration of the case, and requested hearings on Dec. 11 and 18.