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Judge more than doubles award to Don Johnson in 'Nash Bridges' lawsuit

September 8, 2010 |  4:36 pm

A Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday that actor Don Johnson is owed $28.5 million in interest from the production company that bankrolled his "Nash Bridges" television show, more than doubling a July jury verdict that found in the actor’s favor, according to Johnson’s attorney.

The jury awarded Johnson $23.2 million in profits from the show. The actor contended that he owned half of the show’s copyright but had not been paid his share of the profits.

In Wednesday’s ruling, Judge Michael Stern ordered Rysher Entertainment to pay pre-judgment interest to the actor on top of the verdict, bringing the total sum to more than $51 million.

Johnson, who played a San Francisco police inspector on the show, testified during the trial and recounted his life story of going from being a Missouri farm boy to the star of the hugely successful “Miami Vice.”

Rysher’s attorneys said "Nash Bridges" cost so much to make that it had yet to be profitable. The company has said it would appeal.

The show, which Johnson also produced, is still being shown in 45 countries, according to Mark Holscher, Johnson’s attorney.

“ 'Nash Bridges' was my project and I poured my heart into it,” Johnson said Wednesday in a statement. “I feel a sense of vindication and sincere gratitude that both the jury and Judge Stern continue to agree with me.”

-- Victoria Kim