CAA and UTA Settle ‘Lawless, Midnight Raid’ Lawsuit

Legal fight began in 2015

United Talent Agency and Creative Artists Agency have reached a settlement in their nearly four-year lawsuit over five agents CAA had accused UTA of poaching.

Details of the settlement have not been made public, but in a statement provided to TheWrap, UTA’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, said: “The matter was resolved, and the state court action, the arbitration and the petitions were all dismissed.”

CAA filed a request to dismiss the lawsuit on Jan. 28. CAA’s attorney, Anthony Oncidi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

CAA sued UTA as well as former agents Greg Cavic and Gregory McKnight in April 2015 for what it called a “lawless, midnight raid” after Cavic and McKnight left for UTA, where they joined former CAA agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak and Nick Nuciforo. The five agents brought their rosters of famous clients with them, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Melissa McCarthy.

In subsequent filings, UTA said the lawsuit was “riddled with falsehoods, inconsistencies, unsubstantiated allegations and glaring omissions” and called it “a flailing and desperate attempt to save face.”

CAA entered into arbitration with Heyman, Lesak and Nuciforo in April, 2015; it entered into arbitration with Cavic and McKnight in 2018.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.