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Soap drama turns into business dispute

Prospect Park has filed a suit against ABC. Prospect Park is suing the television network for breach of contract because Prospect park permitted ABC to borrow characters from "One Life to Live" for a specific period; however, ABC purportedly took advantage of the characters, working outside the parameters of the companies' agreement.

Specifically, the show created comprehensive storylines and killed off two critical characters in "All My Children." For example, the television network had two primary characters drive off a cliff. ABC was supposed to go over storylines with the production company and receive approval for dramatic storyline moves.

Prospect Park is also upset that the television network will not release URLs for the shows, which is preventing the company from letting fans view the soaps in an online venue before the re-launch of the programs. However, avid soap fans do not need to fret. Prospect Park is stating that the lawsuit will not delay the revival of the shows. However, the stir has many wondering, "Why has ABC given Prospect Park a difficult time?" According to the production company, ABC is attempting to see the company fail at the re-launch of the company's shows.

In the complaint, the production company makes several references to soap fans and how the viewership has encouraged the company to revive the shows. In the lawsuit, Prospect Park is seeking $25 million in damages.

This is a dramatic lawsuit, to say the least. It will be interesting to see how the suit plays out - especially because the companies' dispute could have an effect on the television shows.

If your company is among a contract dispute, you may benefit from meeting with a knowledgeable business law attorney.

Source: Examiner.com, "Prospect Park Sues ABC For Breach of Contract," Donna Nolan-Wilson," April 20, 2013

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