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Solis v. Blancarte
California Labor Commissioner
A local television reporter, Mario Solis (plaintiff) was approached by a network with an interest in employing him. Solis engaged the services of an entertainment lawyer, James Blancarte (defendant) to negotiate the terms of the employment contract between Solis and the network in exchange for a commission. A few years later, Solis stopped paying Blancarte. Blancarte initiated a civil action to recover unpaid commissions. Solis then filed a petition with the labor commissioner. Solis asserted that the contract between Solis and Blancarte was void because Blancarte procured employment for Solis without being a licensed talent agent, thus violating the Talent Agencies Act (TAA). Blancarte countered that his actions were performed as an attorney and therefore were exempt from the TAA.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Su, Comm’r)
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