'Merv Griffin's Crosswords' Spells L-A-W-S-U-I-TTue May 06, 2008 @ 10:12AM PST
Posted by Eriq Gardner
Self-proclaimed crossword addict Merv Griffin reportedly toiled for years to create one before his death last year.
Now comes the claim of a six-letter infraction. Hint: It starts with a B.
George Giangrante claims in this lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that he submitted an idea to Griffin's production company that outlined a game show featuring a traditional crossword. Giangrante says he and his agent discussed the proposed show with an executives at Merv Griffin Entertainment in autumn of 2001. That idea was stolen, Giangrante claims, later used to form the basis of "Merv Griffin's Crosswords," a successful and widely syndicated television show.
Giangrante claims B-R-E-A-C-H of implied-in-fact contract and B-R-E-A-C-H of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and seeks unspecified general damages. He is represented by Douglas Johnson of Johnson & Johnson.