Charlie Sheen has been embroiled in a battle with his employers since being fired from the top television comedy, "Two and a Half Men," a couple of weeks ago. Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, the show's co-creator. Sheen maintains that he was wrongfully fired from the show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, Sheen's case received a blow on Tuesday when the private dispute-resolution company, JAMS, made the decision that Sheen's case should be resolved through arbitration. Sheen's employment contract contains a clause that says any disputes will be resolved through a JAMS arbitrator.
Sheen's attorney, however, argues that, if anything, that clause applies to disputes between Sheen and Warner Bros., but does not cover disputes between Sheen and Chuck Lorre or CBS, which airs the show. The lawsuit was also filed on behalf of the rest of the cast and crew of "Two and a Half Men," and Sheen's attorney argues that the arbitration clause does not apply to them.
Sheen's attorney argues that his client's lawsuit contains many different factors and involves many different parties that are not covered by the arbitration clause. If JAMS does not reverse its decision, Sheen's side says they will take the matter to a judge and ask for a court injunction against arbitration.
The next post will look further at some of the issues involved in this case.
Charlie Sheen Suffers Setback in Legal Battle With Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter, Esq.)