Simon Fuller, Simon Cowell


These reality-TV music competitions produce a lot of stars, but they also lead to some lawsuits!

In July 2011, American Idol creator Simon Fuller sued Fox Broadcasting over Simon Cowell's show The X Factor. At the time, Fuller alleged he should be listed as an executive producer on the American version of X Factor and be paid for it.

But now, per The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, the case has been settled out of court. The two sides reportedly reached a confidential settlement and have filed papers in L.A. Superior Court to dismiss the claims with prejudice.

In the July 2011 complaint, Fuller claimed Fox went back on a 2005 promise ensuring he would get a producer credit and fee for the U.S. version of X Factor. At that time, Fuller was in the process of suing X Factor creator Cowell for copyright infringement.

On Sept. 21, 2011, the very same day X Factor premiered in the U.S., Fuller reportedly filed a complaint. Since then, Fuller and Fox have been in an ongoing legal battle up until this recent reported settlement.

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