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Disney Loses Round in Pooh Royalty Feud

June 19, 2002|Reuters

A Los Angeles judge Tuesday said he wanted to reconsider an independent auditor's report that Walt Disney Co. had almost fully paid for rights to the Winnie the Pooh character despite a licensor's allegations of millions of dollars in underpayments. In his tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige questioned the finding that Disney owed Stephen Slesinger Inc. just $11,000 in royalties stemming from a 1983 licensing agreement, Slesinger attorney Bonnie Eskenazi said. Disney's lead attorney called Hiroshige's tentative ruling "a split decision" and said Disney was ready to argue its case yet again.

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