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Don Johnson’s Payout in Nash Bridges Case Reduced by $35M

Don Johnson will receive $15 million, down from more than $50 million

Don Johnson's award in a lawsuit over "Nash Bridges" has been cut from more than $50 million to $15 million, plus interest.

In 2010, Rysher Productions, which produced the cop drama, was ordered to pay Johnson $23 million in profits for the show and interest. Rysher was also ordered to pay an additional $28.5 million in interest.

But Rysher appealed, alleging jury misconduct and that the amount of interest to which Johnson was entitled was calculated incorrectly. Jurors had initially decided to award Johnson $15 million before deciding, through their calculations, that he was entitled to far more.

On Monday, the California Court of Appeal agreed with Rysher, saying Johnson should receive just $15 million, plus interest as of July 2010, when the verdict was handed down. The larger dollar amount factored in interest that would have started accruing years before the verdict.

"Nash Bridges" aired on CBS from 1996 to 2001.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.