Ashley Furniture Unfairly Uses Brando's Likeness: Trust

Law360, New York (June 23, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT) -- The trust that holds actor Marlon Brando's intellectual property rights sued Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. in California state court on Thursday, alleging its "Brando" line of sofas and ottomans infringes a trademark and unfairly trades on the actor's likeness.

Brando Enterprises LP, part of the Marlon Brando Living Trust, claims Ashley has profited from using Brando's name on its furniture but has failed to seek a license to use the name. The complaint alleges one count of misappropriation of the right of publicity under the California...
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