April 19, 2011

'Happy Days' Cast Members Sue CBS

(NewsCore) - LOS ANGELES -- Former "Happy Days" cast members filed a lawsuit against CBS Tuesday, claiming they were deprived profits from merchandise emblazoned with their image, The Washington Post reported. Though the show ended in the early 80s, "Happy Days" memorabilia, including t-shirts, comic books and even casino slot machines, has continued to do well with consumers. In the $10 million lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, select actors from the show claimed they deserve a percent of the profits from the sale of the items, according to their contracts.

"We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue," CBS said in a statement to CNN, adding that they believed the damages totaled in the thousands not millions of dollars.

The plantiffs in the case include Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Anson Williams (Potsie), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) and the estate of the late Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham). The better known stars of the show -- Henry Winkler (Fonz), director Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) and Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola) -- are not participating in the case. SOURCE: FOX

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