Liberal Comic Louis CK Battles Unions in Benefits Dispute

Comedian Louis CK, a stand-up known for his FX series as well as his vulgar comments about Sarah Palin, finds himself in a legal fight against several unions.

The Louie star's production company is suing the boards of the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan, the Motion Picture Industry Individual Account Plan, and the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan over $28,000 in health and benefit contributions it claims it doesn't need to play.

Owned by Louis Szekely (his real name), [CK's] Pig Newton wants the NY-based District Court to grant a declaration that it doesn’t have to pay the dough as the unions are demanding ... The dispute comes out of how contributions are assessed by the plans — a process the lawsuit calls “an invalid rule.” Pig Newton claims it has made all necessary contribution based on the hours worked by all the company’s employees and has an audit to prove it. The plans are saying that’s true, but that they also assess contributions based on Szekley’s role as an employee/owner, which is calculated on full-time work and not hours.


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