Julianna Margulies, who plays the high-powered attorney Alicia Florrick in CBS’ “The Good Wife,” is fighting her former managers in real-life court. Julianna Margulies' legal dispute with the management firm of Steve Dontanville over commissions is heading towards trial, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter on Aug. 21, 2013.
Julianna Margulies opponents in the real-life legal battle consist of Steve Dontanville, Margulies’ former agent at ICM, and Frank Frattarol. Added to that are, of course, numerous lawyers.
Julianna Margulies’ success in “The Good Wife,” which was picked up as a full-season series in 2009 by CBS, is the subject of the real-life drama that will be playing out in a courtroom after a judge denied Julianna Margulies' emergency appeal to postpone the legal dispute due to her busy acting schedule.
As of now, Julianna Margulies is scheduled to appear in court in January to face her opponents.
According to the lawsuit filed on July of 2012, Julianna Margulies owed the management firm $420,000 in ongoing commissions. After “The Good Wife” was sold into syndication in March, the management firm’s lawyers revised the claim and are now targeting to get millions of dollars, a 10 percent cut of Julianna Margulies’ earnings.
Julianna Margulies had fired the management firm of Steve Dontanville on April 29, 2011, but the management firm’s lawyers claim that the firm of Steve Dontanville is entitled to the ongoing commissions because it negotiated a deal with L'Oreal cosmetics and helped Julianna Margulies to star on “The Good Wife.”
Julianna Margulies and the management firm are scheduled to meet on Monday for a mediation session in a last attempt to avoid having to face off in the courtroom.