After a federal judge denied a request last year for a temporary restraining order against ABC from airing its series Glass House, it seemed like the legal battle between the network and its competitor CBS was over.
Looks can often be deceiving, however, and a decision made by a federal judge last week has opened the door to CBS getting some money from some of the Glass House creative team, as well as an ABC executive.
The battle waged is over the series and the fact that CBS claims it is a copycat of Big Brother. CBS says that producers of Glass House stole trade secrets from Big Brother. Kenny Rosen, an executive producer on Glass House, used to be a producer on Big Brother and is central to CBS' claims, as they grilled him last year for seven hours during the deposition.
The ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess, who denied the restraining order last year, says that CBS can pursue arbitration against Rosen, ABC vice president alternative programming Corie Henson and Glass House producer Michael O'Sullivan. Those three individuals said that CBS was "using the 'litigation equivalent of war' " and the arbitration was "part of its campaign to prevent or, at the very least, disrupt and harass the production of "Glass House."
Feess ruled that he contact between the parties states that “any effort by any party to enforce, interpret, construe, rescind, terminate or annul this Agreement, or any provision thereof” is to be resolved by binding arbitration, and that "challenges to its enforceability and its interpretation should be arbitrated."
CBS wants at least $500,000 in liquidated damages from the alleged violation of a non-disclosure agreement, per Rosen's lawsuit. If he is found guilty at all, that seems like the low-end of what the network could get.