Don Johnson Gets Paid But Tycoon May Be Left With A Bridge To Nowhere

In 2010 Don Johnson obtained a 50 million Dollar Court room judgment against Rysher entertainment related to the ownership of the Nash Bridges television show. On appeal the award was cut to $15 million. On February 11, 2013 the defendants paid Don his money – a cool 15 million dollars.  I will bet that was a nice day at the Johnson’s.

In contrast David Jen contracted with an Indian tribe over the development and management of the Grand Canyon skywalk. A Horshoe shaped glass bridge extending over but not across the Grand Canyon. Jim invested $30 million to build the bridge but disputes arose over management fees. Jim said to try for breach of contract and on February 11, 2013 he was awarded $28 million. I wonder if he will collect any?  An Indian tribe as a defendant presents problems.  The federal government recognizes tribal nations as “domestic dependent nations” and has established a number of laws attempting to clarify the relationship between the federal, state, and tribal governments. The Constitutionand later federal laws grant local sovereignty to tribal nations, yet do not grant full sovereignty equivalent to foreign nations, hence the term “domestic dependent nations”.  So, getting a judgment paid against a domestic sovereign nation might be hard.

The moral is that despite your emotional connections to being wronged in a business deal.  Make sure your defendant can pay a judgment before you spend money on litigation.


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