Don Johnson Wins $23M Award in "Nash Bridges" Lawsuit

Jury agreed that actor had copyright for long-running CBS series

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Jul 8, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 AM PDT
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Actor Don Johnson has reason to smile after winning a $23.2 million jury award.

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Don Johnson, who starred as Sonny Crockett on "Miami Vice," won a $23.2 million verdict for his subsequent TV series, "Nash Bridges," which a jury agreed was his idea.

After a two-week trial, the jury found that Johnson, now 60, co-owns the copyright for the show and was owed millions in profits.

"It was my idea, and I owned the rights in the first place," Johnson said in a statement. "From the beginning, I have asked only that Rysher honor our contract, and I am so pleased that the jury agreed with me."

He sued three entertainment companies - Rysher Entertainment, 2929 Entertainment and Qualia Capital - in February 2009.

"We're disappointed in the verdict and we'll appeal," Rysher's attorney, Bart H. Williams told The Associated Press. "We respect the jury's decision and we think there are a lot of pretty significant appellate issues."

An attorney for 2929 Entertainment, which was founded by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

Rysher Entertainment contended during the trial that the show, which ran for six seasons on CBS, lost money.
 

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