Wednesday October 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- A divided appellate court has upheld Don Johnson's multimillion jury award over profits from the series "Nash Bridges" but significantly reduced the amount the actor is eligible to receive.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal panel voted 2-1 to up hold a verdict that determined the actor was owed millions from the hit series, but the panel cut the amount from $23.2 million down to $15 million.

The appeals court also limited the amount of in terest the actor is eligible to re ceive, erasing an additional award of more than $28 million that a judge granted the actor. Johnson will re ceive interest on the award, but only an amount calculated from the date of the original verdict in July 2010.

The justices determined that jurors erred when they took into ac count that Johnson might have earned interest payments while fighting the case, which ended in 2010 with the multimillion verdict. The panel decided to add 5 percent interest to the original $15 million amount they agreed Johnson should receive, according to the opinion released Monday.

"Nash Bridges" aired for six seasons on CBS.

" ‘Nash Bridges' has been my baby since its inception and I've fought for years for my interest un der our contractual agreement," Johnson wrote in a statement, add ing that he was gratified that the ap peals court ruled in his favor. He sued over his stake in the show in February 2009.