UPDATE, 1:02 PM: CBS isn’t inclined to make too big a deal about being renamed as a defendant in the multi-million dollar lawsuit over the Hawaii Five-O reboot but the network isn’t taking it lying down either. “This is not a ruling on the merits of the case. It is simply a procedural decision that allows Mr. Litto to allege financial claims against CBS, which we will vigorously contest. It is important to remember that Mr. Litto’s own filing with the court confirms CBS’s rights to produce and broadcast the new Hawaii Five-0,” said the network today. The statement comes in response to LA Superior Court judge Gregory Alarcon putting CBS back in the $10 million suit filed by talent agent George Litto after letting them out of it earlier this year.
PREVIOUSLY, 9:14 AM: They thought they were out, but the judge has made CBS a defendant again in a lawsuit over the Hawaii Five-O reboot. In January, Judge Gregory Alarcon agreed with the network’s demurrer and removed them from the suit that Five-O creator Leonard Freeman’s talent agent George Litto filed in May 2012. The LA Superior Court judge’s change of heart last week was based on evidence over the battle to bring the show, which ran from 1968 to 1980, back in 2010 and a promise that money is the issue and not CBS’ ability to continue to produce the series. Litto claimed in his initial $10 million suit that the Freeman’s heirs and CBS keep him out of negotiations for the reboot. After Freeman’s 1974 death, Litto and the producer’s widow Rose came to an agreement that gave him substantial rights in connection with future versions of the series. With the network now back in the case, the talent agent can now bring new claims against CBS as the suit heads toward a potential trial early next year.
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