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'Happy Days' Cast Sues CBS Studios & Paramount Pictures for $10 Million

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Apr. 19 2011, Published 11:48 a.m. ET

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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."

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