LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Norwegian leisure reporter on Monday sued the Hollywood International Press Affiliation, the group that offers out the Golden Globe Awards, alleging that it acts as a cartel that stifles competitors for its members.
Reporter Kjersti Flaa filed the lawsuit in federal court docket in Los Angeles, saying that regardless of reporting on Hollywood for a lot of outstanding Norwegian shops, she has been repeatedly denied membership within the group. Her swimsuit contends the HFPA constantly rejects certified new candidates like herself whose work competes with that of current members.
The swimsuit alleges the group allocates international markets amongst its members, requires new candidates to pledge to not write for any publication claimed by a member or a rival of that publication, and denies purposes which may compete in a market claimed by one in every of its members.
“Certified candidates for admission to the HFPA are just about at all times rejected as a result of nearly all of its 87 members are unwilling to share or dilute the big financial advantages they obtain as members,” the swimsuit says.
The HFPA responded in a press release, saying the swimsuit “appears in line with Ms. Flaa’s ongoing makes an attempt to shake down the HFPA, demanding that the HFPA pay her off and instantly admit her previous to the conclusion of the standard annual election course of utilized to each different HFPA applicant. The HFPA has refused to pay ransom, telling Ms. Flaa that membership was not gained by intimidation.”
The swimsuit says that the group’s members get pleasure from large perks over their colleagues who do the identical work however will not be members, particularly throughout Hollywood’s awards season, whose early months are dominated by the Globes as probably the most outstanding forerunner to the Academy Awards.
The swimsuit says “studios go far out of their strategy to accommodate HFPA members by inviting them to attend each business perform, occasion, and screening, and, most significantly, making their prime producers, administrators, actors, and different expertise obtainable for unique interviews with HFPA members.”
The swimsuit says the HFPA’s standing as a tax-exempt California mutual profit company requires it to learn all members of the category of employees it represents.
“But it surely does no such factor as a result of its members are unwilling to share the big financial advantages membership supplies,” the swimsuit states.
Flaa is searching for to have the California implement the suitable of honest process it applies to a tax-exempt mutual profit company just like the HFPA, to have the group’s bylaws declared illegal and to recuperate financial damages she could have suffered by her lack of membership.
The HFPA mentioned in its assertion that it “takes significantly its obligations as a company and its dedication to international journalism and philanthropy, and it’ll vigorously defend in opposition to these baseless claims.”
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