Judge Won't OK Settlement In Marilyn Monroe IP Feud

Law360, New York (September 12, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected a settlement between Marilyn Monroe's estate and photograph-owners of the late starlet, calling the deal an attempt to “erase” its and the Ninth Circuit's ruling that Monroe's heirs had no right to license her image.

U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow said the settlement, proposed last month, amounted to an end-run around an August 2012 precedential ruling by the Ninth Circuit that said Marilyn Monroe LLC had no control over the blond bombshell's name and likeness.

“This case …...
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