Frances Fisher’s Application To File Suit Against SAG-AFTRA Over Health Plan Changes Rejected By Judge, But Case Could Still Go Forward

“We’re working it out with the other side. We are coming to an agreement.” “We expect the claim to go forward with an additional claim being added,” said her attorney, Neville Johnson.
Fisher, who is first vice president of the union's Los Angeles Local and a member of the its national board of directors, named SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, former national executive director David White, chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez and several other SAG-AFTRA officials as defendants.
SAG-AFTRA declined further comment.
The union said in a statement that “In the breach of fiduciary suit case which Frances Fisher was seeking to file against SAG-AFTRA officers and executive staff, the Court has denied her application to file the fiduciary lawsuit at this time. Should a breach of the duty of fair representation suit against the union or a renewed application for the court’s permission to file the fiduciary breach claims be filed, SAG-AFTRA will oppose those efforts to proceed, as all claims raised are without merit.”
U.S. A federal judge has denied actress Frances Fisher’s verified application to file a breach of fiduciary duty complaint against SAG-AFTRA over the raising of eligibility requirements for coverage under the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. District Court Judge Christina Snyder dismissed Fisher’s application Friday without prejudice, however, meaning that she can refile a modified version of the application.
In her June 25 application for leave to file a proposed complaint, Fisher identified the defendants as “the members of union leadership who are SAG-AFTRA Health Plan trustees; the members of union leadership who participated in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations and approvals with knowledge of the ongoing activity by the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan trustees to change the benefit structure, and the members of union leadership who approved the benefit cuts changes or who have used their union positions and the union to support the benefit cuts.”
Her case is separate but similar to a lawsuit filed last December against the trustees of the Health Plan, which claims that that the changes in its eligibility rules “illegally discriminate based on age” – a charge flatly denied by the plan’s trustees, who say the changes were necessary to keep the plan afloat. Like Fisher, two of the plaintiffs in that case – former SAG president Ed Asner and L.A. Local second vice president David Jolliffe – are aligned with MembershipFirst, the union’s opposition party.” />

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Shares First-Look Image: Who Is That Masked Man?

Now filming, the series is being produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. The HBO series cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, and Dylan Schombing. Television.
The mystery man in the uniform is obscured by his peaked cap and a bright yellow wrap-mask worn in bandit-style. The epic it presented existed in a separate, stand-alone universe than the adventures of Superman, Batman and the other DC characters. That look doesn't sync up with any of the characters introduced in the show's namesake source material, which was published by DC Comics (first as a 12-issue mini-series published monthly in 1986-1987 and then collected into a single-volume as a bestselling graphic novel).
Lindelof is the executive producer/writer; Nicole Kassell is executive producer and pilot director. Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti are also executive producers
It depicts an alternate reality where superheroes became part of the American public life in the 1940s but are eventually outlawed — and, along the way, help win the Vietnam War and tilt the course of other geo-political events as well. Dark and unsettling, the epic tale shows the personal lives of the heroes veer into excess, corruption and madness, as well. The original Watchmen, the work of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is widely hailed as a defining masterpiece of its genre.
“The original is something that we always saw as standing alone and it never in our mind required prequels or sequels or homages or pastiches or anything like that,” Gibbons said. “It isn’t that we thought it should be treated with great reverence, it’s just that we thought: If you’ve done something right just leave it alone.”
The HBO series, which launches next year, is the brainchild of executive producer Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) and secrecy has been the watchword for the project so far. Lindleof has said the story returns to the world introduced in the comics epic but goes in new directions.
In an interview with Deadline, Gibbons hailed the new television tale as "exciting, entertaining and absolutely worthwhile." That said, he added that the comics were always intended as a one-and-done epic.
A new Instagram account for the HBO series Watchmen went into action on Monday with a mysterious teaser image that depicts a menacing masked-man in a law-enforcement uniform. Who exactly is that masked man? Time will tell.
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Nine Inch Nails musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who first worked together as film composers on The Social Network) will be creating the original music for the series.
The magnum opus of the comics world was adapted as a feature film by Warner Bros and director Zack Snyder in 2009 with results that divided fans of the Moore and Gibbons epic. Despite the shared title, the new series is not a remake nor is an adaptation of the Moore and Gibbons source material.
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