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Lawsuit Against Ed Schultz Can Move Forward

schultz_nbc_392_regularA lawsuit against MSNBC host Ed Schultz can go forward, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In May 2011Michael Queen, a broadcast engineering staffer at NBC in Washington, filed suit against Schultz claiming that he had the idea to bring the radio host to TV. Queen and Schultz met in January 2008 at NBC in Washington.

Queen claims he approached Schultz and asked him if he had anybody helping him try to land a TV show. “No,” Schultz is quoted as saying in the complaint. “Now you’re it!” Queen set up the taping of a “McLaughlin Group”-style program at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

Queen claims to have also pitched CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and some syndicators, but nothing came of those meetings. A year later, MSNBC president Phil Griffin reached out directly to Schultz, and a deal was made.

In August 2012, the U.S. District Court for Washington, DC tossed out Queen’s complaint and Schultz’s counter-claims. “Insofar as Queen claims that he and Schultz formed a partnership to develop a television show and that Schultz breached his duty of loyalty under District of Columbia partnership law, Queen is entitled to present his claim to a jury,” Friday’s decision reads.

(h/t The Washington Post)

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Ed Schultz Faces Deposition Over Breach of Contract Lawsuit

TVNewser hears that yesterday MSNBC host Ed Schultz gave a court-ordered deposition related to a civil suit filed against him by  NBC staffer Michael Queen.

If you aren’t familiar with the case: Queen filed suit against Shultz in May, claiming that he had the idea to bring the then-radio host to television.

Queen claims to have pitched CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and some syndicators, but nothing came of those meetings. A year later however, MSNBC president Phil Griffin reached out directly to Schultz, and a deal was made. Queen alleges that he and Schultz entered into an agreement that would grant Queen a stake in the show, and that when MSNBC eventually picked up the program, he was iced out.

It isn’t clear what Schultz was asked at the deposition, but if the original filing is any indication, he was likely asked about emails he sent to Queen that allegedly demonstrate that the two had a clear agreement.

You can check out the full court filing from May embedded below.
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Ed Schultz sued by NBC employee for $100,000

MSNBC host Ed Schultz is being sued by a broadcast engineer in the NBC News Washington Bureau who claims he helped Schultz get into TV.

Michael Queen is suing Schultz in federal court for at least $100,000, claiming he paved the way for Schultz’s MSNBC show. Queen claims he approached Schultz in January 2008 and asked him if he had anybody helping him try to land a TV show.

“No,” Schultz is quoted as saying in the complaint. “Now you’re it!” Queen set up the taping of a “McLaughlin Group”-style program at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

Schultz’s lawyer, Jeffrey Landa tells TVNewser, Queen initially represented himself as Michael Anderson, so as not to run into problems at NBC. Schultz eventually reimbursed Queen $12,000 for the pilot expenses. “Ed paid him in full for every cent he spent,” says Landa. “We’re going to aggressively defend against [the suit] and aggressively counterclaim.”

Landa says there was never a contract between Schultz and Queen. “There is one email that Ed sent years ago that basically said if Queen got him the show on WUSA, he wouldn’t do the show without him,” says Landa. But that show never got picked up.