Disney has been ordered to pay Who Wants to be a Millionaire? creator Celador US$50m in prejudgment interest, on top of the US$270m it was awarded earlier this year.
The Mouse agreed to settle on the US$50m amount with UK-based Celador, rather than allow California district judge Virginia A Phillips to decide the amount. The decision means a total judgement against Disney of some US$320m, with the possibility that additional litigation costs may yet be awarded.
Celador originally sued Disney in 2004, contesting that the company - along with its divisions ABC, Buena Vista Television and Valleycrest Productions - had breached a contract to share profits from Millionaire. In July, a nine-member jury unanimously ruled in favour of Celador, stating that Disney had breached implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing.
In a statement, lawyers for Celador said: "We are pleased that Disney recognised the wisdom of reaching this agreement rather than incurring the cost of litigating the prejudgment interest issue in the trial and appellate courts."
Though Disney has agreed to pay this US$50m, it plans to appeal the main verdict. In a July statement, the company said: "We believe this verdict is fundamentally wrong and will aggressively seek to have it reversed."
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