CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures is being sued by the cast of Happy Days in damages of at least $10 million for allegedly not paying the cast their share of home-video releases and merchandise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and Patricia Bosley, the wife of the late Tom Bosley, filed a suit on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Happy Days stars Ron Howard and Henry Winkler are not taking part in the suit.
“Happy Days epitomizes what is best in America,” the suit states, adding that CBS and Paramount “epitomize what is worst in corporate America, exemplifying the worst business practices.”
The cast members reportedly decided to file the suit after they saw their images being used on slot machines in casinos.
The suit says CBS/Paramount is “guilty of oppression, fraud and malice” for failing to pay.
The cast believe they are entitled to punitive damages, as well as at least $10 million in money they think they are owed, plus interest.
A spokesperson for CBS Consumer Products said in a statement, “We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue.”