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National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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By TV Guide
Dec. 4, 2012 12:02 p.m.



Who Wants to Be a Millionaire | Photo Credits: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

The Walt Disney Company has lost its appeal for a new trial against the creators of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, who won a $319 million lawsuit against the company in 2010.

In ruling issued Monday, an appeals court panel denied Disney's request for a new trial, meaning the massive damage award stands barring a Supreme Court intervention.

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"We are extremely disappointed with the decision, as ABC and Buena Vista Television continue to believe that they fully adhered to the Millionaire agreement," a representative for Disney told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Millionaire creators Celador International, Inc. filed suit against Disney and its affiliates ABC, Buena Vista and Valleycrest Production in 2004, claiming the companies miscalculated profits and denied Celador its deserved revenue. In 2010, Celador was awarded almost $270 million for Disney's breach of license agreement, with $50 million in interest charges added later.

"What the court of appeal did today validates what a careful and thoughtful trial judge and a attentive jury did two years ago," Celador lead litigator Roman Silberfeld said. "We're pleased for the client."



 





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