*A six-figure settlement has been reached in the copyright case between ABC’s “Shaq Vs.” and a writer who claims the show’s idea was stolen from him.
As previously reported, Todd Gallagher sued the Endeavor Talent Agency in 2009 claiming “Shaq Vs.,” which features NBA star Shaquille O’Neal competing against pros in other sports, is based on his book “Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan.”
Todd’s book is a collection of stories featuring mainly himself engaged in sports challenges with pros like tennis star Andy Roddick. who agreed to play with handicaps like frying pans instead of tennis rackets.
According to TMZ, the case was dismissed after the two sides reached a secret agreement.
Todd’s lawyer tells the site, the “matter has been amicably resolved.”
Season two of “Shaq Vs” will debut Tuesday, Aug. 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Over the course of six episodes, O’Neal will race Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Concord Speedway; take on pop singing sensation Justin Bieber in Orlando; challenge daytime host and author Rachael Ray to a cook-off in the Big Apple; team up with NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles to outrun Tyson Gay in a 200-meter relay race; tee off with Charles Barkley on The St. Regis Monarch Beach golf links; attempt to defy illusionists and comedians Penn & Teller at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; participate in a spelling bee against Scripps National Champion Kavya Shivashankar; box against Sugar Shane Mosley in an exhibition match at Caesars Palace in Vegas; challenge Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut outside Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas, and more.