Dala ng ABS CBN franchise bill denial, nabigyan na ng katarungan sina Mel and Jay sapagkat matapos silang umalis sa Channel 2 ay sinampahan sila ng kaso na nakarating hangang Korte Suprema. Ang pinagmulan ng problema ay nuong lumabas si Mel sa isang TV commercial kung saan sabi ng Kapamilya network ay dapat humingi muna siya ng pahintulot. Nasuspindi si Mel sa trabaho ng 3 buwan pero matapos ito nagsumite naman siya ng indefinite leave of absence. Si Jay ay nagbitiw sa trabaho. Nuong nakalipat na sila sa GMA 7 kinasuhan sina Mel and Jay sa salang sinulot sila ng Kapuso. Sabi ng hukuman na malaya na silang makakapagtrabaho sa ibang kumpanya sapagkat wala na sila sa Kapamilya.
ABS-CBN case vs Mel and Jay dismissed
The High Court’s 2nd division, in a December 13, 2010 resolution, denied the appeal “for failure to sufficiently show any reversible error in the assailed judgment to warrant the exercise of this Court’s (Supreme Court) discretionary appellate decision.”
The CA had affirmed a lower court ruling which did not find proof that GMA-7 poached the 2 talents from ABS-CBN because Tiangco and Sonza had already left the company when they moved to the other broadcast firm.
Tiangco and Sonza hosted ABS-CBN show “Mel & Jay.” Tiangco was suspended for 3 months from appearing on TV Patrol after she appeared in a television commercial without prior approval from ABS-CBN.
She then took an indefinite leave of absence from “Mel & Jay” while Sonza resigned.
ABS-CBN later filed a case against the 2 before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court over a non-competitive clause in their contract that banned them from working in other TV or radio station for a year after they left ABS-CBN.
The Supreme Court, while denying ABS-CBN’s appeal, ordered Sonza to pay a P2,000 fine in connection with the case for his failure to comply with an April 2004 resolution on a show-cause order.
ABS-CBN management has yet to comment on the ruling.