''Ally McBeal'' actress sued for breach of contract

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Madison Avenue law firm Tuesday filed suit against Calista Flockhart, the actress who stars in the hit television series ``Ally McBeal,'' alleging she failed to pay them for arranging her contract for the show.

``We negotiated her contract for the television series and she agreed to pay us 5 percent of all money she would earn arising from that agreement,'' said Maura Wogan, a lawyer at Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz.

According to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Flockhart owes the law firm at least $39,000, which represents the amount owing in connection with the pilot and first year of the series.

Wogan said the $39,000 figure was based on the $780,000 Flockhart earned over that period. ``We have asked for the money but she has not paid us anything,'' she said.

``Ally McBeal,'' a quirky comedy about a waif-like lawyer who wants both equality and a man, has become a hit for Fox Television and is now in its second season.