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Norris settles $30m suit for ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’

After five years of legal wrangling, American actor Chuck Norris has settled a suit against CBS and Sony Pictures alleging he was short changed out of at least $30 million in profits for his TV serial ‘Walker, Texas Ranger.’

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday dismissed the case after both sides agreed to resolve the suit in a settlement while the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, according to Yahoo Entertainment.

Norris, through his company Top Kick Productions, claimed in a suit filed in 2019 that the companies violated a term in his contract requiring he be paid 23 per cent of profits “earned from any, and all, exploitation of Walker,” according to the complaint.

He alleged that CBS intentionally marketed and distributed the series in such a way as to avoid having to pay him his share of streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) revenue.

Specifically, the companies focused less on marketing Walker to television stations and DVD viewers and more on promoting the show on SVOD services, some of which they owned or co-owned, the suit said.

Top Kick claimed that CBS hadn’t included SVOD revenue on profit participation statements since 2004 and refused to turn over Sony’s statements. It also alleged that Sony ignored a lucrative licensing offer from Katz Broadcasting while granting an exclusive license to getTV, which the company owns.

As of 2019, Walker had generated over $692 million in revenue, according to the complaint.

The series ran for eight and a half seasons, with more than 200 episodes.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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