CBS drops “Glass House” suit against ABC


CBSNot long after amending its suit against ABC for copycatting its “Glass House” reality show from the pages of “Big Brother,” CBS dismissed the same suit, now claiming it is unnecessary because the ABC show is a flop. The claims against the show’s producers will continue in arbitration, the network announced on Friday.

The CBS statement: “The viewers have spoken and delivered the ultimate form of justice against The Glass House.  As a result, we filed in federal court this morning a voluntary dismissal without prejudice of our claims against ABC.  The contract and trade secrets claims against former Big Brother producers for violating their confidentiality agreements will continue separately in arbitration. We reserve the right to re-file this claim against ABC/The Glass House, or any other entity, that goes to such shocking lengths to duplicate our copyright material.”

Gary Feess, federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, refused CBS’s request to block Glass House in June, which premiered 6/18.

The Glass House follows 14 contestants as they live together and compete for $250,000. Similar to Big Brother, contestants go head-to-head in competitions and will be eliminated weekly. Unlike Big Brother, America has the chance to vote, manipulating different outcomes within the house.