Negotiations Snagged by SAG Leadership Challenge

LOS ANGELES -- Technical difficulties within a court petition have at least temporarily derailed a legal effort Tuesday to stop more talks by the Screen Actors Guild with producers.

Attorneys representing SAG President Alan Rosenberg petitioned a judge to grant a temporary restraining order against further negotiations. But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant nixed the request on procedural grounds.

Chalfant directed Rosenberg's attorneys to amend the claim, and one member of the SAG president's legal team said she would ask for another hearing Thursday.

Rosenberg is closely associated with the union's former negotiator Doug Allen. The petition alleges that many of SAG's 71 board members were not contacted about the move to oust Allen last week and to restart contract talks with a new set of negotiators.

The union has been working without a contract since June.

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