Judge Throws Out $70M 'Columbo' Verdict, Orders New Trial

By Mike LaSusa (December 3, 2019, 9:25 PM EST) -- The creators of the long-running whodunit series "Columbo" will have to retry a crucial part of their case accusing Universal City Studios of shorting them on profits from the show, after a California judge on Monday upended a $70 million judgment in the creators' favor.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr. ordered a new trial based on Universal's argument that a jury shouldn't have been asked about the term "photoplay" as it's used in an agreement the studio inked with Foxcroft Productions Inc. and Fairmount Productions Inc., the loan-out companies of "Columbo" creators William Link and Richard...

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