Lisa Kudrow loses court case
Lisa Kudrow has lost a lawsuit brought by her former manager Scott Howard and must pay him $1.6 million.
Lisa Kudrow has been ordered to pay her former manager $1.6 million.
The former 'Friends' actress lost a lawsuit yesterday (26.02.14) which had been brought by Scott Howard, who claimed she owed him a five per cent cut from her earnings due to an oral agreement they entered in 1991,
The jury in Los Angeles Superior Court agreed with Scott and ordered the 50-year-old actress to pay him the huge sum in residuals.
However, Lisa plans to appeal the decision.
Her lawyer Gerald Sauer said: ''The jury's verdict is merely one step in the legal process. This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level. Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favour.''
Her former manager's legal representatives insist there is ''no chance'' the appeal would be supported.
Scott's lead attorney Mark Baute said: ''What generally happens now with unsophisticated actress clients is they overpay for filing a frivolous appeal that has no chance for success.
''The verdict is rock solid, and we look forward to collecting 10 percent, $16,000 a month, in post-judgment interest while their frivolous appeal is pending. We will collect that interest for two years, which is how long it will take for the Court of Appeal to affirm this jury's righteous verdict.''
Scott first sued his former client in 2008, months after she fired him, as he was seeking a percentage of her earnings from syndication of 'Friends'.
During that court case, it emerged that Lisa was initially paid $13,5000 for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the sitcom, which later rose to a staggering $1.04 million per episode plus $5 million in other compensation.
In the 16 years he worked for the actress, it is estimated Scott made a huge $11 million in commission.