Touchstone Television Productions v. Superior Court: Touchstone’s Decision Not To Renew Nicollette Sheridan’s Employment Contract Does Not Give Rise To Wrongful Termination

by Sayema Hameed

Does an employee have a legal cause of action for wrongful termination in violation of public policy if an employer decides not to exercise an option to renew the employee’s contract?  The answer, according to a new California Court of Appeal opinion, is no, an employee whose employment contract is not renewed does not have a wrongful termination claim.

This case involves a famous employee, actress Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives fame.  The case is Touchstone Television Productions v. Superior Court (Nicollette Sheridan) (Second District, Div. Four, Case No. B241137; filed 8/16/12).

Cabada & Hameed LLP Resolves Entertainment Industry Dispute

Los Angeles, CA – Cabada & Hameed LLP recently achieved a successful resolution to an ongoing dispute between companies involved in the production of a Discovery Channel television series.

In this matter handled by partner Sayema Hameed, Cabada & Hameed represented a Los Angeles-based post-production company engaged in the business of providing editing, audio mixing, graphics and other post-production services for films, television programs and commercials.  The company entered into agreements to provide its post-production services and electronic production equipment to the producers of a Discovery Channel program, The Off-Road Championship.