The No Country For Old Men actor today filed an appeal (read it here) of the state Labor Commissioner’s recent ruling in favor of his former agency William Morris Endeavor. On October 1, the California State Labor Commissioner rejected Tommy Lee Jones’ request to bar the agency’s recovery of $1.95 million in commissions from his role as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in the 2007 film. The recent ruling also said the agency did support the actor in his multi-million-dollar battle with Paramount over his NCFOM back-end compensation. Jones was awarded $15 million in that action. This case arises from WME seeking 10% of that award. The October 1 ruling also found that subsequent actions by WME did not prevent Jones from getting a role in the 2010 remake of True Grit (although the role eventually went to Jeff Bridges). “Everyone did their job here, including WME albeit with a few bumps along the way. And in the end, Jones received every dollar he was entitled to,” said the ruling from commissioner Julie A. Su. Jones first filed his petition in January 2010, with an amendment in February 2011.
The suit filed Wednesday against WME and its previous incarnation the William Morris Agency by Jones and his Javelina Film Co. seeks $250,000 plus interest from the agency in damages for breach of fiduciary duty. It also seeks repayment of all commissions the agency made from Jones’ work on No Country For Old Men as well as an order preventing them from seeking any further commissions on the film. Additionally the suit seeks “damages against WME in an amount according to proof at trial” plus legal costs. Tommy Lee Jones is represented by attorneys Martin Singer, Michael Holtz and Andrew Brettle of Los Angeles firm Lavely & Singer.