23 December 2013 6:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A federal judge has cancelled a Jan. 6 hearing on motions by SAG-aftra to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ed Asner and 15 other plaintiffs over alleged mishandling of $132 million in residuals and foreign royalties.

U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real said in a filing Monday that the union’s dismissal motions are suitable for a decision “without the need for oral argument.”

Real gave no indication of how or when he will rule, adding without elaboration, “The Court will issue its ruling on the matter in due course.”

The original suit was filed on May 24. Real narrowed the issues on Oct. 7, allowing the suit to include the issue of residuals and three of the 16 plaintiffs to proceed with their claims on unpaid foreign royalties.

The union filed the 18-page motion on Nov. 20, asserting that the plaintiffs’ claims under state law should be tossed because they are “completely preempted by federal »


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