David Cassidy Sues for 'Partridge' Merchandising Money

Oct 5, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
David Cassidy has sued Sony for "Partridge Family" merchandise payments.

1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy recently filed a lawsuit against Sony Pictures and some of its subsidiaries, alleging he is owed millions of dollars in merchandising revenue for products associated with "The Partridge Family" TV show.

Cassidy's suit states that a clause in his "Partridge Family" contract entitled him to payment for merchandise using his name, likeness or voice, yet he has not received proper compensation for the millions of products associated with the show, ranging from clothing to comic books.

In an interview with CNN, Cassidy said that a former manager estimated his merchandising payments totaled only about $5,000.

Citing "knowledgeable news sources," the suit states that Cassidy-related merchandise has generated nearly $500 million for the defendants, according to CNN.

Sony told Cassidy's attorney that it has not licensed any products using Cassidy's likeness since "The Partridge Family" went off the air in 1974, but Cassidy showed CNN a number of products manufactured as recently as 2001. CNN questioned Sony about these products and received no comment.

Cassidy told the news source he decided to file the lawsuit after discovering a copy of his original contract in a box.

Another former TV star, James Best, recently sued Warner Bros., claiming the studio owes him as much as $25 million in royalties for "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise that used his likeness. Best played Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the show.