Lisa Kudrow Loses Lawsuit, Ordered to Pay Former Manager $1.6M

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Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 11:48 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow owes her ex-manager Scott Howard $1.6 million after losing a case to him in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, but the star's attorney said that she will appeal.

Howard filed a lawsuit claiming the actress owed him residuals from the $120 million she's made from the legendary sitcom, according to Inside Edition. Howard was fired in 2004.

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The verdict was a stunner for Kudrow, who originally won the lawsuit on a summary judgment. However, a California appeals court kicked it back to the lower court in August 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The appeals court ruled that that the superior court improperly excluded testimony of Howard's expert witness Martin Bauer, a longtime Hollywood agent, manager, and executive.

Bauer testified that managers are paid in perpetuity, on all ongoing gigs their clients take while they are represented by the manager. Bauer said he never had a commission cut because he had been fired.

"I would never make that deal," Bauer told the jury, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The only consequence of a termination is on future projects."

Howard said he was relieved by the verdict and hopes Kudrow respects the jury.

"I feel gratified and it was our agreement," Howard said. "I live up to my agreement and I expect others to as well."

The jury voted 10-2 against Kudrow in the civil action suit. Kudrow made no comment as she left the court, but her attorney Gerald Sauer insinuated that they would fight the judgment.

"It's not over," Sauer said, according to THR. "It's just one decision."

"The jury’s verdict is merely one step in the legal process," Sauer said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level. Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favor." 

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