‘Happy Days’ Cast Sues CBS Over Royalties

April 20, 2011 Updated: April 20, 2011

Happy Days cast members are suing CBS for not paying them for merchandising revenue that used their images, media reports on Tuesday say.

Anson Williams, Donnie Most, Erin Moran, Marion Ross, and the late Tom Bosley’s estate are suing the television company, filing a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The four allege that CBS used images from the popular late 1970s to early 1980s television for merchandise but never paid them for it.

"'Happy Days' epitomizes what is best in America with the Cunningham family exemplifying the best of what a family can be," the lawsuit reads, according to the Times. "As will be proven at trial, defendants' actions epitomize what is worst in Corporate America."

According to CBS News, the actors said the company was going to pay them 5 percent for solo images and 2.5 percent for group shots. They said they never received that money.

The two most popular actors on the show, Ron Howard, and Henry Winkler, did not take part in the lawsuit, according to CBS.

CBS said it does “agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue.”

However, the actors dispute that they should be get millions of dollars from the deal while CBS says they only deserve thousands.