(CN) – A federal judge in Los Angeles ordered The Walt Disney Co. to pay the creators of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” $50 million in prejudgment interest, in addition to the $270 million a U.K. jury awarded to Celador International after a four-week trial.
Celador had claimed that Disney and its subsidiaries ABC, Buena Vista Television and Valleycrest Productions wriggled out of their duty to pay their share of revenue from the ABC show.
Disney sought to have the jury verdict overturned and may appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit, if that doesn’t work.
U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips ordered Disney to pay the interest with the understanding that the award would be adjusted “in a corresponding pro rata percentage” to any amount of adjustment the original $270 million award undergoes in future litigation.
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