Former actors from 1970s American comedy show Happy Days are to battle CBS Television in a lawsuit over merchandising sales.
Cast including Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley last year launched a $10 million legal case calming that CBS had committed fraud after executives failed to issue payments from the sale of Happy Days merchandise and memorabilia which feature the stars.
Speaking to Good Morning America yesterday Don Most said,
“I never received anything for all of that merchandise. [Winkler] had separate deals from the five of us. 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”.
Former co-star Henry Winkler had signed a different contract from the rest of the cast as his character ‘The Fonz’ was seen to be the lead role of the 1950s-set sitcom.
Last October a Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out the fraud claim, however, the former cast carry on with their action against CBS over breach of contract which a judge ruled last week could go to trial next month.
The latest disgruntled cast follows a succession of actors bemoaning a lack of repayments over merchandise and DVD releases. Cast from Sons and Daughters, the Australian soap opera, made it clear two years ago that they were unhappy DVD sales saw no cut of the profits going to the former stars.
Update: On July 6th CBS ended the row when they met the cast and negotiated a settlement in which the actors will receive an undisclosed amount of money. The series was on the air from 1974 to 1984, produced for CBS by Paramount Television. Tom Bosley died in 2010.