"Happy Days" are indeed here for four members of the 1970's sitcom cast, and the widow of a fifth actor. Last year, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Don Most and the widow of Tom Bosley sued CBS for $10 million, for breach of contract. According to "Deadline: Hollywood," "The actors filed their multimillion-dollar breach of contract complaint on April 19, 2011 after a friend told (Marion) Ross about Happy Days-themed slot machines she noticed at a casino. Ross and the other actors contacted CBS about them and the use of their images on them. As it wound it’s way through the courts, the suit eventually became about the actor’s likeness on DVD box sets." Now, with just 11 days before a trial in the case, a settlement has been reached. The official announcement from CBS (which owns rights to the series that aired on ABC from 1974 to 1984): The case has been settled. All contractual obligations will be honored, as we had promised from the beginning. We appreciate the Court’s earlier dismissal of the far-reaching claims, which paved the way for an ordinary settlement based on contractual issues. "Deadline" reports each of the actors (and Bosley's widow) will get somewhere between $60,000 and $65,000 each. (Neither Ron Howard nor Henry Winkler--who played Ritchie Cunningham and The Fonz, respectively--were part of the lawsuit.) In this economy, that has to be a victory. Cue the theme music.
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