Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

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 DF were scheduled to meet in front of a judge in January (14), but now it seems the trial won't be necessary.

DF 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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