Katalyst Media Inc.'s breach of contract lawsuit accuses the California DMV of reneging on a deal to film a reality series focused on the much-maligned government agency and its customers.
The company produced Kutcher's show "Punk'd" and some of the actor's other projects and claims it is owed more than $1.4 million on the deal.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles.
It states the DMV backed out of the reality show on claims it was no longer in the agency's best interests, but it had already been promised to the TruTV channel.
DMV spokesman Mike Marando says the agency does not comment on active lawsuits.Ashton Kutcher's production company is suing the State of California for $1.4 million after the DMV allegedly backed out of a reality show deal.
In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Ashton's Katalyst Media - which produced 'Punk'd' and 'Beauty and the Geek' - claims it signed a contract with them back in 2010.
The agreement was to participate in a reality show that would "capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanising and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis" at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Katalyst claims it had a "formal written agreement" with the DMV to shoot footage in the summer and autumn of last year.
It stated there would be an initial four episodes with an option of six more.
Katalyst claims it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars getting ready for the show however received a letter with only five sentences from a boss at the DMV six weeks later.
The note was apparently and attempt to back out of the agreement and according to the papers filed the writer said the project wouldn't be in their "best interests.