April 19, 2011 by Post Team
Happy Days, The cast of the classic sitcom Happy Days is not too happy with CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures, charging in a lawsuit that has not been paid their years of home video releases and licensed merchandise using images and voices. The plaintiffs say the damage is less and million plus interest and possibly punitive damages.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court of Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and Patricia Bosley, who is the executor of her husband, the late Tom Bosley.
Ron Howard and Henry Winkler, star of the show also emblematic that are not part of the application.
“Happy Days sums up the best of America,” the opening salvo in demand, adding that the shares of CBS and Paramount “epitome of what is worst in corporate America, which exemplifies the worst business practices.”
The program originally ran on ABC from 1974 to and has been a staple in television syndication and several cable channels since then. Was originally produced by Paramount, but after a split of companies in became part of CBS Studios.
The lawsuit was apparently triggered after a former cast member saw her picture on slot machines in a casino. They had also seen the show was repackaged at least four DVD release box sets from 2004, once more with their photos in boxes and the pictures show used inside, the complaint says.
The lawsuit says that CBS continues to market the brand to retailers, citing the website of CBS Consumer Products to saying that Happy Days has “strong purchase intent among women 18-54 and men 18-34.” CBS also sells merchandise related online pictures of the model on everything from mugs to T-shirts.
All included in the lawsuit say they had different salaries, but these contracts at the time of merchandising. Each would receive a portion of net income after the study took 50% off the top as its processing fee, a practice that demands and questions.
This processing fee to claim expenses, “regardless of the actual handling costs statement violates defendants conduct business and is a violation of the content of the implied covenant of good fair and equitable agreement.”
The lawsuit says that since , Moran (who played in the series Joani Cunningham) in contact with the study to see if he owed the money for marketing but was told he should not. They say they had no way of knowing the truth and only acted after seeing happy slot machines in casinos days.
The lawsuit says the failure to pay to fulfill its contracts and that CBS / Paramount is “guilty of oppression, fraud and malice.” The cast believes you are entitled to damages, as well as at least to 10 million dollars in cash that they believe they should be more interest. They are also looking to be rewarded for their costs in bringing the lawsuit.
Williams played in the program ‘Potsie’ Weber Warren, Ross was the mother of Marion Cunningham, Ralph Malph more, Moran was Joanie and Bosley was the father, Howard Cunningham.
In a statement, a spokesperson for CBS Consumer Products said: “We agree that the funds are due to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the problem.”
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