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"Godfather" Estate Accepts Offer It Couldn't Refuse

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    The estate of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo has tentatively settled a $1 million lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Corp.

    LOS ANGELES -- The estate of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo has tentatively settled a $1 million lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Corp. concerning profits from a video game with elements from the 1972 film, the plaintiffs' lawyer said Friday.

    The suit was filed June 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging breach of contract, with Puzo's son, Anthony, as the lead plaintiff and representative of his father's estate. It alleged profits were owed from the sales and rentals of "The Godfather: The Game," licensed for manufacture and distribution by Paramount in 2006.

    Friday's scheduled pretrial hearing in the case was canceled in the wake of the case's resolution.

    According to the suit, Paramount did not pay any money owed to the Puzo estate under the terms of an audio-visual agreement signed between the parties as part of the settlement of a prior dispute between Mario Puzo and Paramount that arose in 1992.

    "We think it's a terrific settlement," said the Puzo estate's attorney, Bert Fields. "This involved one of the most admired films of all time."

    The accord will be finalized after one more document is signed, Puzo said.

    Paramount attorney Hajir Ardebili was not immediately available for comment. In court papers filed in August, the studio denied it owed any money.

    The author died in 1999.