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Marilyn Monroe Cafes Hit With $18M Suit For Unpaid Royalties

Law360, Las Vegas (February 4, 2014, 9:08 PM EST) -- Marilyn Monroe’s estate hit a Canadian restaurant franchising company with an $18 million breach of contract suit in New York state court on Tuesday, claiming though it licensed exclusive rights to use Monroe’s intellectual property, the company failed to make its licensing payments.

The suit, filed in New York state court against MGDC Management Group Inc. and MM Café Franchise Inc., alleges that the famed actress’s estate granted rights to Monroe’s likeness to the defendants in October 2011, in connection with MGDC’s Marilyn Monroe Café chain. ...
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