“The HFPA is so focused on protecting its monopoly position and tax-free benefits that it has adopted Bylaw provisions that exclude from membership all objectively qualified applicants who might possibly compete with an existing members,” declares a revealing antitrust lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by unsuccessful membership applicant Kjersti Flaa against the often furtive 87-member strong organization (READ IT HERE).
“There are no standards or guidelines for satisfying the subjective portions of the applications process and rejected applicants have no right to demand either that the applications procedure be fair or that they be allowed to appeal an adverse decision made for obviously improper and unlawful reasons,” the wide spread damages and jury seeking action from the Norwegian entertainment journalist adds.
Essentially claiming the Lorenzo Soria-led HFPA is a private club that is “unwilling to share the enormous economic benefits membership provides, the five claim filing is “also seeking “preliminary and permanent relief prohibiting the HFPA and its members from unlawfully competing with non-HFPA-member foreign entertainment journalists residing in Southern California or denying them the benefits of HFPA membership.”
Which basically is a polite way of saying the party’s over gang if a jury of 12 Angelenos agree with Flaa and and her attorney David Quinto – who was one of AMPAS’ main lawyers for many years.
Representatives for the HFPA did not respond to request for comment on today’s damning lawsuit from Nordic Oscar Weekend host and former God Kveld Norge (Good Evening Norway) contributor Flaa
“Because the HFPA’s members will not admit anyone who might possibly compete with an existing member, either by selling to the same publications or to competing publications, the average age of HFPA members has steadily increased,” today’s 42-page filing states, as well as claiming spicy nuggets like how territories are carved up, strong arming within the organization and how the HFPA supposedly “pays one of its members more than $20,000 annually merely to assign the seating at the Golden Globes awards ceremony.” Oh yeah, among other claims of “corrupt and unlawful practices” by the ethically questioned HFPA, the organization apparently has almost $60 million in the bank.
“Only half the HFPA’s members are considered truly ‘active’; the remaining half either do the bare minimum required to maintain their ‘active’ status or are relieved from having to meet minimum requirements by virtue of their longevity with the organization,” the unorthodox application of sorts from Flaa, who was rejected in both 2018 and 2019 for HFPA membership. “The HFPA’s 87 members—all of whom are eligible to vote for the Golden Globe Award winners—include 5 persons in their 90s, an approximately equal number in their 80s, and numerous members in their 70s.”
AKA – Not a lot of new blood despite claiming to represent a global citizenry of journalists.
The one again Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted and dick clark prods produced Golden Globes are set to be broadcast on the Comcast-owned network on Sunday, February 28, 2021 – which will likely be long before this matter is settled or ruled on.
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