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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge rejected a novel legal argument Friday that would have allowed Michael Jackson's mother and her business partner to profit from a line of merchandise separate from the late star's estate. In a 15-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted summary judgment in a copyright infringement case brought by the executors of Jackson's estate and issued a permanent injunction barring Canadian entrepreneur Howard Mann from trading on the singer's name. "There is undisputed evidence that Defendants intended in bad faith to profit from use of Jackson's name, by registering multiple domain names containing his name or the initials 'MJ' to sell Jackson-related products," the judge wrote.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge rejected a novel legal argument Friday that would have allowed Michael Jackson's mother and her business partner to profit from a line of merchandise separate from the late star's estate. In a 15-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted summary judgment in a copyright infringement case brought by the executors of Jackson's estate and issued a permanent injunction barring Canadian entrepreneur Howard Mann from trading on the singer's name. "There is undisputed evidence that Defendants intended in bad faith to profit from use of Jackson's name, by registering multiple domain names containing his name or the initials 'MJ' to sell Jackson-related products," the judge wrote.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2009 | Chris Lee
Moving quickly to capitalize on fans' appetite for anything related to Michael Jackson, administrators for the singer's estate have mapped out elaborate plans for merchandising deals, a tribute concert, a television special and even a traveling exhibition of Jackson memorabilia. In a court filing last week, Jeryll S. Cohen, a lawyer for the administrators, said she expected the deals to generate an amount in the "high eight figures" -- tens of millions of dollars -- for the singer's estate.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2009 | Chris Lee
Moving quickly to capitalize on fans' appetite for anything related to Michael Jackson, administrators for the singer's estate have mapped out elaborate plans for merchandising deals, a tribute concert, a television special and even a traveling exhibition of Jackson memorabilia. In a court filing last week, Jeryll S. Cohen, a lawyer for the administrators, said she expected the deals to generate an amount in the "high eight figures" -- tens of millions of dollars -- for the singer's estate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
In one corner are Michael Jackson's parents. In the opposite stand a prominent entertainment attorney and a respected music executive. Whether the sides will fight for control of the pop star's lucrative estate or come to an agreement seems likely to be decided in the next four days.
SPORTS
August 11, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
The recent imprisonment of Pete Rose and the partial banishment from baseball of George Steinbrenner were noted with some sadness by a Florida man whose favorite sport is boxing. John Branca, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission in 1983-84, saw the two baseball developments as graphic examples of how firmly baseball and other American professional sports can govern themselves while professional boxing remains in anarchy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge gave an entertainment lawyer and a music executive temporary control of Michael Jackson's estate Monday over the objections of attorneys for his mother who said she was better qualified to oversee his affairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1993 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Geffen Records vs. Henley: Geffen Records is suing Don Henley for $30 million, claiming breach of contract. The suit, filed in L.A. Superior Court, comes after the singer sent a notice of termination to the company in December and asks for an injunction preventing him from releasing records through any other label. Henley's attorney, John Branca, said Friday that he had not yet seen the suit and could not yet make a formal reply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge gave an entertainment lawyer and a music executive temporary control of Michael Jackson's estate Monday over the objections of attorneys for his mother who said she was better qualified to oversee his affairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
In one corner are Michael Jackson's parents. In the opposite stand a prominent entertainment attorney and a respected music executive. Whether the sides will fight for control of the pop star's lucrative estate or come to an agreement seems likely to be decided in the next four days.
SPORTS
August 11, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
The recent imprisonment of Pete Rose and the partial banishment from baseball of George Steinbrenner were noted with some sadness by a Florida man whose favorite sport is boxing. John Branca, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission in 1983-84, saw the two baseball developments as graphic examples of how firmly baseball and other American professional sports can govern themselves while professional boxing remains in anarchy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Make That Change: Michael Jackson announced the name of his new personal manager, Sandy Gallin of Gallin-Morey Associates, on Tuesday. Gallin manages other pop icons including Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and the Pointer Sisters, as well as comedian Andrew Dice Clay. Jackson's announcement comes on the heels of his sudden break with longtime adviser John Branca in July. Branca, a pop music attorney, had guided Jackson's career for several years.
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