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Directors Guild settles levy suit

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April 15, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Directors Guild of America has settled a 2006 lawsuit alleging that the union was improperly withholding so-called foreign levies on behalf of non-DGA members. The special taxes are levied by foreign governments to compensate writers and directors for the reuse of their work.

The DGA agreed to have an accounting firm review its foreign levies program, which has distributed about $48 million in levies to guild members and more than $4.9 million to non-DGA members, the union said.

Similar cases against the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild are pending.

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