'Happy Days' Stars Lose Fraud Fight Against TV Producers
10/20/2011 8:17am EDT
A judge in California has thrown out a claim from Happy Days cast members who allege TV bosses committed fraud by failing to pay them for merchandising sales.
A number of the sitcom's stars, including Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, and Erin Moran, filed a $10 million lawsuit earlier this year, claiming CBS chiefs owed them money from sales of Happy Days-themed merchandise which features their images.
They were subsequently handed checks with values ranging from $6,000 to $6,500, but vowed to press ahead with their case. The group suffered a setback on Wednesday when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White ruled in favor of CBS on the fraud claim.
The case will now proceed only with a breach of contract suit and the actors cannot receive punitive damages at the 2012 trial, according to CNN.
The group's lawyer, Jon Pfeiffer, says, "We intend to press forward with the lawsuit. If we can't punish the defendants, we certainly intend to expose their practices."
The series ran between 1974 and 1984.