Disney's Attempt To Break "Pooh" Contract Rejected

Law360, New York (December 13, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Walt Disney Co., along with the heir to the “Winnie the Pooh” fortune, has been rebuffed by a federal appeals court in a copyright battle to oust the popular children's book’s current licensee.

The decision affirms a lower court’s ruling that invalidated Disney’s attempt to terminate its current contract with Stephen Slesinger Inc.

Disney sued the Slesinger estate in November 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint sought to enforce a contract termination letter sent by Clare Milne, daughter...
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