When the jackSONVILLE TV legal team launched their campaign to get two attorneys to represent them, the effort was initially a success.
But as the litigation dragged on, the lawyers discovered a growing frustration with their clients.
One lawyer said he would quit if he wasn’t paid.
The jackSONVIRAL lawyers, whose clients include the Hollywood Reporter, were so fed up with the constant requests from the media that they had already started to question whether they were doing the right thing.
“They were asking for it,” said attorney Jason Levey, who is representing the show.
The attorneys said they were frustrated with the way they were being treated.
They are seeking to get an arbitrator, who they hope will be sympathetic to the media’s concerns.
A hearing was scheduled for March 1.
JackSONVILLE television’s lawyers said they are considering a legal challenge to the arbitrator.
And the show’s lawyer, Tom Buell, said he is also planning to file a lawsuit in federal court.
The JackSONVIL lawyers are also asking the judge to order the arbitrators to rule on the TV show’s appeal.
“I am concerned that the arbitrating panel is going to be made up of people who are more sympathetic to these media entities than are the actual lawyers that represent the media,” Levey said.
“There’s just too much of a bias.
The arbitrator’s job is to look at the facts and determine whether they’re in the public interest.”
JackSONville attorney Mark Dever said he believes the arbitragers decision will favor TV networks.
“The only people who can get involved in TV arbitration are the media entities,” Dever told ABC News.
“It’s not just me or the TV networks or the television producers, it’s the producers of the programs.
I just don’t see it in the best interest of the public.”
In January, the JackSONLAWYERS team received a letter from a JackSONTV attorney requesting an order for an arbitration.
The letter was sent by attorney Stephen A. Smith, who works for the law firm of Dever & Smith, which represents the network.
“Your client’s lawyers have been asking for an arbitration for a number of months,” Smith wrote in the letter.
“You should take this opportunity to discuss with us how you will address the request.”
Levey and the jackSOUND lawyers have not been able to reach the judge for comment.