‘Bones’ stars, producers and Fox settle lawsuit

The two parties on either side of a legal battle over the profits from the hit crime show “Bones” have agreed to a settlement.

  • Stars David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and producers Kathy Reichs and Barry Josephson filed suit against Fox, claiming the network cheated them out of tens of millions of dollars in profits from the show.
  • Back in February, arbitrator Peter Lichtman accused Fox execs Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Peter Rice in engaging in a cover up over how much money the show made and where that money went.
  • Lichtman had awarded the plaintiffs $50 million in compensatory damaged and another $128 in punitive damages.
  • Fox attorneys then got a judge to throw out the punitive damages, saying Lichtman overstepped his authority in issuing that award.
  • The plaintiffs announced plans to appeal, but now the two sides have now agreed to an undisclosed settlement.
  • “Bones” aired 12 seasons on Fox and remains in syndication.
  • Since the show originally aired, Disney acquired the distributor, 20th Television.
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