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Old 07-21-2011, 01:32 PM   #16
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Hi guys, I'm Pavan's friend and the author of the "Three's Company" book "Come and Knock On our Door." I thought you might like to see my new blog post about this "Happy Days" lawsuit on my Retroality.TV blog:

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"Happy Days" cast gets paltry payment in lawsuit over profits (
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That's kind of messed up on CBS' part, paltry is right very sad.
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Will the dvd of the show still be released or is it still up in the air
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Fraud claim thrown out in "Happy Days" lawsuit
By Scott Zamost, CNN[/size]
October 20, 2011

(CNN) -- A California judge Wednesday threw out a claim by cast members of the hit television show "Happy Days" that CBS committed fraud by not paying them for merchandising sales.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White ruled in favor of CBS on the fraud claim, meaning the case will proceed only with a breach of contract suit. The cast had sued CBS for $10 million, alleging fraud.

The decision means the actors cannot receive punitive damages at the trial, which is scheduled for June 26, 2012.

The actors claim they never received revenue statements related to merchandising, and that CBS intentionally never intended to pay them anyway.

"The exact details of this alleged promise to provide periodic revenue statements when merchandising revenue had been generated have not been pled with the requisite level of specificity required, such as, who said exactly what to whom and they those representations were known to be false when made," according to the court ruling.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the CBS Consumer Products Division said, "We are thrilled that the court has thrown out all claims for punitive damages and significantly narrowed this to a case of contract interpretation."
Jon Pfeiffer, attorney for the actors, told CNN they were disappointed. "But we intend to press forward with the lawsuit. If we can't punish the defendants, we certainly intend to expose their practices," he said.

Four members of the cast -- Marion Ross, Don Most, Anson Williams and Erin Moran -- along with the widow of Tom Bosley, in April sued CBS, which owns the show, claiming they have not been been paid what they're owed for the worldwide sale of "Happy Days" merchandise. The series was on the air from 1974 to 1984. Bosley died last October.

Under their contracts, the actors were supposed to receive 5% of net proceeds, or 2 1/2% if their images were used in a group, the lawsuit states.

In court papers, CBS claimed the actors "are attempting to generate a lucrative litigation windfall by riddling their complaint with unsupported and overreaching causes of action" for fraud and breach of good faith. The company said this was
"all done in a transparent attempt to introduce the specter of punitive damages" in the case.
CBS said the case was "a garden-variety breach of contract action, nothing more."

The actors accused CBS of "despicable conduct," saying "although defendants routinely rebrand their corporate images, they should not be permitted to rebrand the truth."

In interviews with CNN earlier this year, the actors claimed they were cut out of the merchandising bonanza from the show. Those products include comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, magnets, greeting cards and DVDs where their images appear on the box covers.

In documents provided to the actors, CBS said it only owes them between $8,500 and $9,000 each for the last four years. Most of that money is from slot machine revenues. The actors claim they are owed millions of dollars.

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"Happy Days" Lawsuit: Stars Cleared For Trial Over Royalties
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A judge has denied a motion by the makers of "Happy Days" to dismiss claims by several former cast members that they are owed royalties on DVD sales.

Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White's ruling Tuesday clears the way for a trial on whether actors Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley may still be owed royalties on the use of their images in DVD packaging.

CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures sought to have their claims dismissed, arguing the group was properly paid.

Attorney Jon Pfeiffer says the group has received payments for several other types of merchandise since they sued in April 2011. He says the unpaid royalties are worth an estimated $250,000 to $500,000.

Defense attorneys declined to comment.
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"Happy Days" Star Donny Most Says Something's "Not Right" About Show Merchandising Payout

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Back in the 1970s, the hit sitcom “Happy Days” looked back at the 1950s. The show depicted a kinder, gentler era, but the days since haven’t all been happy for many of the show’s stars.

Those stars – Erin Moran, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Donny Most – and Tom Bosley’s widow, Patricia, sued CBS last year alleging they are owed royalties from the use of their images in merchandise that includes shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and slot machines.

The actors brought the suit after they found out about “Happy Days”-themed slot machines in Las Vegas. The plaintiffs are seeking $10 million from CBS for alleged breach of contract,Aaccording to the Hollywood Reporter.

Ron Howard, now a successful film director, and Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, are not part of the lawsuit.

“I never received anything for all of that merchandise,” Most, 58, better known to the show’s fans as the character Ralph Malph, told “Good Morning America” correspondent David Wright in a recent interview.

“They had separate deals from the five of us,” Most told “GMA.” “Henry’s been being paid for merchandise all this time. Isn’t that funny Henry was paid but we weren’t? So there’s something not right about that.”

The show’s owner, CBS, tried to have the lawsuit dismissed, but a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit brought by Moran and other “Happy Days” regulars can go to trial. A start date of July 17 was set.

Ross, who played Mrs. C, recently starred as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants’ grandmother. Williams, who played Potsie Webber, went on to direct episodes of popular TV shows including “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Charmed.”

But things apparently have not gone as well for Moran, who played Joanie. She reportedly has had trouble finding acting work, and after losing their home, she and her husband reportedly have moved into a trailer park.
“Erin and her husband did in fact move in with her ailing mother-in-law over a year ago,” Moran’s publicist told last week. “They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do.”

Bosley, who played Mr. C, died last year. Most still acts, and has played guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury’s father on “Glee.”
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While I believe that the Happy Days cast rightfully deserves their money, I really hope this doesn't set a precedent of paying even more royalties for the use of cast images on DVD artwork. Some shows are already buried in a mountain of royalty/financial crap. Adding yet more licensing fees will just complicate it that much more. I can see the likes of Adam West and Burt Ward throwing another wrench into the system that is already holding up a home video release of Batman. The studios will then be forced into cutting more corners and just omitting them from the artwork completely. Mark my words...
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I saw many interviews with the cast of Gilligans Island who get nothing and basically were paid for what they did at the time and that was it.

I actually agree with that because in the end, the fans get screwed the worst. I have been holding my breathe for the TV 1960s Batman show that will NEVER come out on DVD and Blue Ray until everyone involved dies. Actors, producers, directors, the network...bla...bla... oh but WAIT! Then there's the children and grandkids who will continue the legal hold up. THANKS A LOT you rotten good for nuthins!
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