Just days before her new NBC series Bad Judge is set to debut, former Private Practice star Kate Walsh is headed to court herself. Today, Walsh filed a complaint against Evolution Entertainment over commissions her ex-mangers are demanding from the new show. Walsh says they’re out of order, to quote And Justice For All.
“More than a year ago, Ms. Walsh terminated the management relationship because Evolution failed to provide the services that it promised,” says the short declaratory relief filing in LA Superior Court (read it here). “Notwithstanding Evolution’s failure to provide the promised services, Evolution has demanded that Ms. Walsh pay commissions on her income from various projects, including, but not limited to, commissions on Ms. Walsh’s income for the life of Ms. Walsh’s work on the television Bad Judge,” the filing adds. “Ms. Walsh believes that she should not be responsible to pay Evolution all, or any part, of the commissions demanded, and seeks guidance from this Court to determine the proper amount, if any, that she should pay to Evolution.”
“Ms. Walsh is happy to pay what is truly owed however, there is a significant dispute over that issue which requires court intervention,” says her lawyer Bryan Freedman. Maybe like a lot of these commission battles, this one will end with a settlement, or maybeWalsh, now repped by Untitled Management and CAA, will take it all the way to a real judge.
Walsh is repped legally by attorneys Freedman and Steven Stiglitz of LA’s Freedman & Taitelman. (Freedman also is the attorney for Deadline’s parent company, PMC.) THR first reported the legal action.