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H.A. Artists & Associates, Inc. v. Actors’ Equity Association
United States Supreme Court
451 U.S. 704 (1981)
The Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) (defendant) was a national union that represented stage actors. Equity’s protection of actors’ employment rights included a regulatory scheme under which theatrical agents were required to obtain a license in order to work with Equity actors. The purpose of the licensing requirement was to prevent agents from charging exorbitant commissions for securing employment for actors. Agents were also required to pay fees to Equity to maintain a license. A group of agents including H. A. Artists & Associates, Inc. (the agents) (plaintiffs) announced their intention to reject Equity’s regulations. The agents brought suit. The trial court found in favor of Equity, and the appellate court affirmed. The agents appealed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)
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