On March 30, 2012 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) completed a merger of equals forming a new union SAG-AFTRA. As a result of this merger, a group of approximately 70 actors, including Schaal, immediately filed a lawsuit against SAG president Ken Howard and several vice presidents. They sought to have the merger overturned and the two unions separated because of their claims that the elections held by both the SAG and AFTRA memberships was improper.
The plaintiffs filed a settlement agreement to dismiss the case "with prejudice" on May 17, 2012. The lawsuit was officially dismissed five days later.