Disney loses appeal of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? ruling
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The Walt Disney Co. was ordered to pay the British creator of the television game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? US$319 million (S$390 million) after a Los Angeles court rejected the company's request for a new trial.
Britain's Celador International, which created the quiz show, sued Disney in 2004 alleging that the company hid some of the show's United States (US) profits from Celador.
A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena ruled on Monday that the lower court's judgment was neither excessive nor based on speculation of profits owed.
A 2010 jury trial found that Disney and its domestic syndication company, Buena Vista Television, owed Celador US$269.2 million and a federal judge added US$50 million in interest.