Disney has lost its appeal to reverse the $319 million awarded to the creators of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” back in 2009. This is Disney’s second appeal on the case, and the second time a judge has opted not to open up the case again.
The drama all started back in 2004 when Celador International Inc. attested that Disney and its affiliates — ABC, Buena Vista Television and Valleycrest Production — “set up numerous shady deals and on-the-sly arrangements that robbed Celador of hundreds of millions in expected revenues,” Yahoo! News reports. The case went to court and a judge determined in 2009 that Disney was in the wrong. Celador International Inc. gave the creators of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” $269 million plus an additional $50 million in interest.
After trying to appeal the judge’s decision in 2010 to poor results, Disney brought the case up recently to see if a new judge would have a different take on the situation. However, three U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal judges shot down the appeal yet again, leaving the folks behind “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with all the money they initially received.