Disney Comes Up Empty-Handed In “Pooh” Battle

Law360, New York (February 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has shot down an attempt supported by Walt Disney Co. to take away the rights to the “Winnie the Pooh” trademark from the Slesinger family, the long-time licensee of the popular honey-craving bear.

Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted the Slesinger family’s motion for summary judgment Thursday in a suit initially brought by the granddaughters of Pooh author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard.

The loss is a disappointment for Disney because the granddaughters...
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