On Wednesday, a federal jury in Los Angeles found that the producers of film “Fargo” and “The Night Manager” had violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, an attempt to get them to stop using plastic bags and other reusable containers in production.
The suit, filed by the American Federation of Labor, seeks a $1.6 billion penalty from the producers.
It accuses the producers, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox of misleading consumers and the government, saying the bags had been used in “furtherance of the production of films without pay.”
The companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Amber Brown, a spokeswoman for Paramount, said in a statement: “The Federation filed a complaint today in federal court with the Department of Labor to seek an injunction to force Paramount Pictures to stop manufacturing rubbermaid containers in their production lines, and we look forward to defending our position and providing all our customers with the very best product.
The company has not violated any laws in manufacturing rubbermies.”
The producers are not the first to face a class action lawsuit over their use of disposable rubbermaid bags.
In 2012, the consumer advocacy group Food Not Bombs sued the makers of the product, and the company agreed to pay $2.5 million to the group, which is seeking class-action status.