Home Improvement (2013) – Walt Disney Co. (tv) (ongoing)
On February 27, 2013, the producers of Home Improvement filed an action against Disney, alleging causes of action after it conducted audits on Disney’s books of accounts and could not reach a settlement regarding profits they believe they were owed. The claim specifically alleged causes for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, declaratory relief, unfair competition, and accounting. The producers specifically claim that Disney had licensed the Home Improvement Series in the New York syndication market at below its fair market value, and had underreported the net profits owed to the producers by, among other acts, improperly charging certain distribution fees and costs and failing to include certain revenue in gross receipts. In January 6, 2015, the trial court granted Disney’s motion that each challenged cause of action was time barred and therefore entered judgment in favor of Disney. The producers appealed the judgment and in March 2017, the California Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision. The case is still pending.