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Source: Daily Mail
Six stars of Modern Family have banded together and are suing to void their contracts to work on the hit comedy,
The suit filed Tuesday by series stars Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell argues that their contracts are illegal under California law.
Ed O’Neil is also said to have joined in the action.
A planned season four table read was canceled on today after the cast and producers could not come to a terms on a new contract, according to Deadline.com.
The stars claim their contracts with 20th Century Fox Television violate a California law prohibiting personal service contracts from extending for more than seven years.
The lawsuit asks a judge to rule the contracts are illegal and should be voided because they prohibit the actors from other work.
It states the contracts bind the actors to work on the series from February 2009 and June 30, 2016.
“Modern Family has been a breakout critical and financial success,’ the lawsuit states.
“That success, however, has been built upon a collection of illegal contracts.”
A spokeswoman for 20th Century Fox said the studio had no immediate comment on the case.