November 12, 2004
* Japan's economy grew at an annual 0.3% pace in the third quarter, less than expected, suggesting a recovery was faltering as overseas demand for the nation's semiconductors and flat-panel screens slowed. * Mossimo Inc., a maker and licenser of apparel and accessories, said its third-quarter results swung to a loss on higher expenses. The Santa Monica-based company posted a loss of $125,000, or 1 cent a share, contrasted with a profit of $630,000, or 4 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $4.
November 2, 2004 |
Three months after suing Walt Disney Co. in a dispute over royalties, Marvel Enterprises Inc. wants to strip the Magic Kingdom of its licensing deals for lucrative Marvel superheroes. In a new lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, Marvel asked a judge to declare that Disney didn't legally assume copyrights to Marvel characters when it bought the original licensee, Fox Family Worldwide, in 2001.
July 20, 2004 |
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is suing comic-book company Marvel Enterprises Inc. to continue using the "Hulk Hogan" name. Hulk Hogan, played by Terry Bollea, has been one of World Wrestling's most popular wrestlers since the 1980s. In 1985, World Wrestling signed a 20-year contract after it was accused by Marvel of infringing on the "Incredible Hulk" comic-book character. The agreement covered the words "Hulk Hogan," "Hulkamania" and "Hulkster," according to the lawsuit.
June 2, 2004 |
Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment have settled a 16-month-old legal entanglement over their "Spider-Man" film licensing venture in a deal that should boost Marvel revenue, the comic book publisher said. New York-based Marvel accused Sony of trying to hijack the Spider-Man brand by claiming exclusive merchandising rights to the character and "cross-promoting" the superhero with other Sony films in alleged violation of their partnership.
May 26, 2004 |
Marvel Enterprises Inc. is teaming with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. to enter the direct-to-DVD video cartoon market. The comic book giant, whose 4,700-character library features such big names as Spider-Man and X-Men, said the agreement with Lions Gate covered eight original animated projects based on "certain characters within the Marvel universe."
October 31, 2003 |
Tribune Entertainment on Thursday sued Marvel Enterprises Inc. for $100 million, claiming the comic book publisher made "fraudulent and negligent" statements that doomed Tribune's "Mutant X" TV series. Tribune alleges that it has lost millions of dollars defending itself after 20th Century Fox Film Corp. sued two years ago to stop Tribune's planned TV spinoff of two comic book series, Marvel's 1963 "X-Men" and "Mutant X" in 1998.