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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Lawsuit Against Disney Co. Settled Out Of Court

June 1, 1991 GMT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Walt Disney Co. and the voice of ″Sleeping Beauty″ on Friday reached an out-of-court settlement in a lawsuit over royalties from the videotape of the film.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Mary Costa sued Disney two years ago seeking $2 million in royalties from the 1986 videocassette release of ″Sleeping Beauty.″ The settlement was reached as the sides were preparing for trial.

″It was a fair deal for Mary and it was a fair deal for Disney, when you look around the table and see everybody gave up something and everybody got a little something,″ said Christopher Larmoyeux, Costa’s attorney.


Erwin Okun, a Disney spokesman, said only that he was pleased a settlement had been reached.

In a similar lawsuit, a Los Angeles jury in March awarded singer Peggy Lee, the voice of Lady in the animated classic ″Lady and the Tramp,″ $3.8 million for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and unauthorized use of her voice in videocassette.

A judge ruled that Ms. Lee was entitled to $2.3 million of the award. Disney Co. is appealing the award.