2nd Circ. Says Stan Lee Co.'s Spider-Man Claims Time-Barred

Law360, New York (March 21, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Wednesday refused to let Stan Lee Media Inc. pursue the rights to Marvel Enterprises Inc.'s Spider-Man and other intellectual property it purportedly bought from industry icon Stan Lee, saying the company's claims are time-barred.

SLMI had asked the appeals judges to overturn a 2005 settlement between Lee and Marvel, which resolved a dispute over how to split the profits from the immensely successful Spider-Man franchise Lee had created. SLMI said that the litigation should be reopened, with the company as a party,...
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