Goodbye grey skies, hello blue…
A royalties lawsuit brought by former cast members of Happy Days against CBS has been settled.
Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, Erin Moran and the wife of the late Tom Bosley, Patricia, will each received $65,000 plus ongoing royalties, for licensing and merchandising that bears their likeness.
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. Under their contracts, the actors were supposed to receive 5% of net proceeds, or 2.5% if their images were used in a group, the lawsuit states.
But the $325,000 falls short of the original $10million sought in the lawsuit, which was due to go to trial shortly.
In a statement, CBS said they “never refused to pay the members of the Happy Days cast any of the money they are owed under their contracts, and we’ll continue to honor those obligations.”
Neither Ron Howard nor Henry Winkler were part of the lawsuit.