The former Miami Vice star will still be getting money from the profits of Nash Bridges, just not the $50 million he was awarded over two years ago. “We have affirmed the $15 million damage award plus 10 percent interest on that sum from July 12, 2010,” wrote judge P.J. Turner today (read the ruling here). A three judge 2nd District Court of Appeal found 2-1 in the actor’s favor over Rysher Entertainment, the production company behind the show. Starring Johnson in the title role, Nash Bridges ran from 1996 to 2001 on CBS. In 2010, Johnson was awarded 50% of Nash Bridges copyright, entitling him to syndication rights on the series, after he sued Rysher, the production company’s past owners 2929 Entertainment and current owners Qualia Capital for not living up to the contract he had with them on the show. As well the actor was awarded $23.2 million plus interest as a verdict. It’s that financial verdict that was at the heart of today’s ruling. That $23.2 million figure was determined by the jury in the 2010 case, who added $8.2 million in interest from 2001 to 2010 to the $15 million already established Johnson would be awarded. The judge added further interest of $27 after the two-week 2010 trial bringing Johnson’s total to over $50 million. Rysher attempted to use this initiative on the jury’s part and the judge to claim juror misconduct and procedural noncompliance. The panel agreed, calling the jury’s action “misconduct that requires reversal” and stripping off the judge’s interest. However, the a majority of the panel did not agree with Rysher’s contention that Johnson claims should thrown out based on statue of limitations or that the contract was with the actor himself and not the plaintiff in the case, Don Johnson Productions. Today’s ruling does not mean that Johnson, who is starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained, will get his hands on any money soon. The defendants can appeal to the California Supreme Court if they want, dragging this on for at least another year if not more.
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