In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Remini's management company The Collective claims that they signed the actress to an oral contract in November 2011 and would then receive the standard 10 percent commission from her earnings. A month prior to the contract, Remini secured a talent holding deal at ABC, and while she and her managers allegedly agreed they wouldn't earn commission on that deal, they would be entitled to future earnings from any series that came out of it. Remini was soon cast on Family Tools, which premieres in May. In October, Remini fired the company and has yet to pay any commissions from her $100,000-per-episode salary. A total of 10 episodes have been filmed thus far. The Collective claims that they are owed $67,000 in commissions plus 10 percent of her salary on all future episodes of the series
"Her pattern and practice of failing to pay representatives speaks volumes," The Collective's lawyer Bryan Freedman told The Hollywood Reporter. "This excuse is just another one of many she has created to attempt to avoid paying what is clearly owed. I cannot understand her. She will pay her litigator and she will either lose or settle — and ultimately pay more, at the end of the day."
In response to the lawsuit, Remini's lawyer Marty Singer told THR, "This is a ridiculous lawsuit filed by Michael Green's company The Collective, which was fired for cause after failing to render competent services by, among other things, her manager falling asleep during important business meetings and failing to forward important network correspondence to Leah Remini. They also passed her along to three different managers at the company during the course of a year."
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