Lawyer: 'Happy Days' suit prompted checks to cast

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY | July 20, 2011 | 1:59 PM EDT

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2004 file photo, Tom Bosley, left, and Marion Ross, who played parents on the television show "Happy Days," speak to attendees of the sixth annual Family Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The wife of the late Tom Bosley and a few other actors claim they're owed millions in merchandise rights. An attorney for the cast members says after filing a $10 million lawsuit earlier this year, the actors received checks for merchandise in the amount of roughly $6,000. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for "Happy Days" cast members who claim CBS Studios hasn't paid them merchandise profits says some of the actors have received payments from CBS Studios, but the checks are for a fraction of the millions they are seeking.

Jon Pfeiffer represents four actors and the wife of late actor Tom Bosley, who also starred in the show. He says CBS sent checks of around $6,000 apiece after the group sued in April, claiming they were owed more than $10 million for "Happy Days"-themed products ranging from T-shirts to gambling machines.

Pfeiffer's comments came after a hearing Wednesday in which a judge ruling the actors could not sue CBS for fraud unless the lawsuit is amended.

Actors Henry Winkler and Ron Howard are not part of the case.