Fox Settles With ‘Bones’ Stars and Producers Over Profit Participation Lawsuit

Undisclosed settlement brings an end to court battle that began in 2015

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Fox has reached a settlement over the long-running profit participation lawsuit with “Bones” stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, executive producer Barry Josephson and Kathy Reichs, the forensic anthropologist whose books inspired the show.

Both parties filed dismissal papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, which brings an end to the ongoing lawsuit that was first filed in 2015. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The dispute centered on the license fees that the Fox network, Fox’s foreign affiliates and the streaming service Hulu — in which 21st Century Fox has a stake — paid to 20th Century Fox for the rights to air or stream the series. “Bones” aired on Fox from 2005 to 2017.

In February, arbitrator Peter Lichtman slapped Fox with a $179 million judgment, one of the largest rulings of its kind in television history, arguing that that Fox had committed “breach of contract, fraud, and tortious interference with contract” regarding profit participation. He further called out former Fox execs Peter Rice, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, whom he said “appear to have given false testimony in an attempt to conceal their wrongful acts.”

In May, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge overturned the $128 million in punitive damages, leaving in place the remaining $50 million portion of the monetary award. At the time, lawyers for Deschanel, Boreanaz and Reichs said they planned to appeal the ruling against punitive damages to a higher court.