Charity Seeks To Nix IP Deal With Michael Jackson Estate

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT) -- A trademark battle between Michael Jackson's estate and a charity accused of unlawfully linking itself to the late pop star may be revived after the charity asked a California federal judge Monday to nix a settlement in the case.

Heal the World Foundation and co-defendant United Fleet said a settlement signed by HTWF President Melissa Johnson was invalid, as Johnson was not a party to the litigation and was therefore denied her right to due process.

“The court lacked the jurisdiction to affirmatively bind Melissa Johnson...
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