At a New York City trial that's expected to last three weeks, modeling companies
are being accused of price-fixing when it comes to the fees they charge models
in return for finding them assignments.
Lawyer Merrill Davidoff said in an opening statement Tuesday that over the
course of three decades, companies conspired to charge the same high fees to
the models, some of whom were as young as 14. He said the companies require
all but a few elite models to pay a 20 percent fee.
Despite the conspiracy allegations, the only defendant in the trial is Click
Model Management. Other modeling companies have either settled or been severed
from the trial, according to the Associated Press.
Davidoff is seeking millions in damages against Click. But the lawyer representing
the company, Aaron Richard Golub, said the modeling industry, by its very nature,
is resistant to price-fixing conspiracies.
"This is a business so full of hatred, there's no way they ever could
have conspired," he said.
The Associated Press, via Yahoo!