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It couldn’t have been scripted any better — at least for the writers. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court refused to review an age discrimination case filed by hundreds of TV writers against a slew of networks, studios, production companies and talent agencies. The decision lets stand a September ruling by Los Angeles’ 2nd District Court of Appeal that gave writers the right to proceed with 23 class actions. None of the justices voted to hear the case. Chief Justice Ronald George and Justice Janice Rogers Brown recused themselves. Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar was absent and did not vote. The suit, filed by members of the Writers Guild of America, claims that networks and studios have a longtime policy of refusing to hire older writers. Talent agencies allegedly participate by referring only writers younger than 40. The writers contend there is a “youth-oriented corporate culture that indiscriminately favors youth over age and experience” to generate higher advertising revenues by attracting younger audiences. Among the companies named in the suit are Fox Broadcasting Co., Time Warner Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures and Television. The companies have hired several prominent law firms, including Los Angeles’ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and O’Melveny & Myers. The writers’ guild is represented by Minneapolis’ Sprenger & Lang. The case is Alch v. Superior Court (Time Warner Entertainment), S128628.

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