CBS And Former ‘Big Brother’ Producers Reach Settlement In ‘Glass House’ Lawsuit

ABC‘s reality series The Glass House is long forgotten following a low-rated run last summer, but the legal battle that it triggered is just now coming to an end. CBS announced this morning that the network has “reached a settlement in arbitration with the parties in The Glass House legal dispute.” CBS in May 2012 sued ABC, claiming that The Glass House was a rip-off of Big Brother while accusing former Big Brother producers who worked for Glass House of violating confidentiality agreements. CBS dropped its case against ABC last August while taking its legal action against the Glass House producers and network executives to arbitration. (The Big Brother alums in question — Glass House EP Kenny Rosen, producer Michael O’Sullivan and ABC VP Alternative Programming Corie Henson — fired back with a countersuit against CBS in November). According to CBS, the network “will receive financial compensation as part of the settlement. The producers have admitted that one of them used confidential Big Brother manuals in the production of The Glass House, and they have expressed regret for using this material. In addition, those involved have pledged not to misappropriate CBS trade secrets in the future.”

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