Melvin Simon Prods. Inc. has sued Viacom Intl. Inc. for allegedly consistently being late on making quarterly payments under a 1978 distribution deal.

Simon, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, is seeking at least $ 1 million in compensatory damages for interest lost on the late payments for television distribution of 16 Simon-produced films.

The suit also seeks unspecified punitive damages and a declaration that Viacom has breached its contract.

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