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Julianna Margulies settles legal dispute with former managers

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Aug 28, 2013 | 7:27pm EDT

Former E.R. star Julianna Margulies has avoided a court showdown after settling a legal battle with her former managers. The actress and executives at management firm D/F were scheduled to meet in front of a judge in January (14), but now it seems the trial won't be necessary. D/F agent Steve Dontanville sparked the legal dispute last summer (Jul12), 15 months after his firm was fired as Margulies' representatives. He claimed that he and his associates were due post-termination commissions of more than $420,000 (£280,000) after helping the actress land her leading role in hit TV drama The Good Wife and a spokesperson deal for L'Oreal. Dontanville also suggested his suit could result in millions of dollars for him and his partners after The Good Wife was sold into syndication. A judge allowed the manager to pursue claims against his former client and a trial was scheduled for January. Margulies then countersued her former management company, claiming she fired Dontanville and his associates after becoming dissatisfied with them, claiming his behaviour had become a "source of embarrassment." But now it appears the stand-off is over and the two sides have agreed to settle. Terms have not yet been disclosed.

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