Nearly one yr after Stan Lee‘s passing, his daughter JC has sued the corporate her father based instantly following his departure from Marvel in the 1990s. According to a civil criticism filed Thursday in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Lee has filed swimsuit towards POW! Entertainment for “looting” the mental property the late comedian iconic helped to create.
The criticism locations a particular emphasis on the elder Lee’s enterprise dealings with Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman from 2001 to 2017, the place it claims the pair satisfied an more and more ailing Lee to reassign rights for varied IP “on no less than 6 occassions.” “…they misled Stan into believing that he may and may reassign these rights to POW! Entertainment on a minimum of 6 events, every based mostly on convicing Stan he had retained rights that he had in truth validly assigned to Stan Lee Entertainment,” the criticism reads.
If that is all beginning to sound acquainted, it is as a result of Stan himself had additionally filed swimsuit towards POW! in the months main up to his demise. In a fast, twist of occasions, Lee filed a lawsuit for a whopping $1 billion in damages earlier than quickly dropping it, saying he was “thrilled to put the lawsuit behind me, get back to business with my friends and colleagues at POW! and launch the next wave of amazing characters and stories.”
It would not seem the brand new lawsuit is looking for any financial damages per se, relatively easy acknowledgement that any mental property created by Stan Lee is owned by his belief — for which JC serves as executor — and never POW! Entertainment. Further extra, the lawsuit additionally states POW! shouldn’t have any additional entry to use the late creator’s “identity, image, name or likeness” in basically all sides of promoting together with “social media, copyrights, trademarks and the like.”
“When Stan Lee died in November 2017, his daughter, as his only heir and Trustee of his Estate, gathered a forensic team of lawyers and accountants to investigate the facts surrounding the actions of Stan Lee’s supposed partners with whom Lee had stopped communicating during the last year of his life,” the criticism reads. “In so doing, it was learned the extent to which the rights to Stan Lee’s intellectual property had been looted, muddied and entangled by POW! and a range of bad actors enabled by POW!.”
As of now, POW! has but to supply a response to the lawsuit. JC Lee — and the Lee Family Survivor’s Trust — is being represented in this matter by Beverly Hills-based legal professional Jonathan D. Freund. The full lawsuit (through THR) may be learn right here.
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