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The contentious court fight wasn’t apparent to audiences, but the HFPA has said it needs the case to be resolved so it can plan for future broadcasts.

Judge Matz said it was clear that a settlement could be achieved, and that the attorneys should speak to their clients about “whether it’s time for [them] to come to their senses.” The judge did not signal which side he expected to prevail and praised attorneys for both parties for the clear way they organized and argued the case.

The dispute centers on dueling interpretations of a 1993 agreement Dick Clark Productions claims gives it rights to negotiate broadcast deals for the Globes and work on the show for as long as it airs on NBC. The HFPA disputes the so-called “perpetuity clause” and claims if it were deemed valid, the association would lose control of its sole asset.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.