Arbitration Possible over Dispute between Fox Broadcasting and Bones
Fox broadcasting is waiting at least a month before it will learn whether or not it will receive approval to shift the television show Bones profit participation lawsuits to arbitration. The delay came after LA Superior Court judge pushed the decision to May 4th, following a hearing between Fox defendants and plaintiffs. Those involved are in the midst of working on the 12th and final season of the show.
The judge made no preliminary ruling, leaving counsel for both sides to re-argue and expand on their existing points. The hearing came five months after the suit was first filed in November and nearly three months after Fox said it wants to take the dispute behind closed doors and use arbitration to reach a settlement.
The show’s executive producer claims Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Entertainment Group cheated him out of millions of dollars over the course of time Bones was on television. He also accused the network of breaching its agreement by depriving him of compensation and failing to maximize its profits on the series. Others included in the lawsuit are the shows two main stars and the author of the books on which the show is based. All three have filed their own lawsuits against Fox, claiming they were cheated out of more than $100 million in gross revenues and were overcharged millions of dollars in expenses.
In addition to demanding arbitration, Fox has called the complaints a “naked attempt to attract headlines and extract millions…” Arbitration could mean the details of the dispute will be confidential.