Ala. Museum Can't Dodge Harper Lee's Trademark Suit

By Bill Donahue (February 7, 2014, 6:58 PM EST) -- The operators of an Alabama museum honoring "To Kill a Mockingbird" lost a bid Friday for a quick escape from a lawsuit filed by author Harper Lee accusing them of operating an unauthorized shrine to her classic 1960 novel.

U.S. District Judge William H. Steele refused to grant The Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Ala., dismissal of Lee's trademark infringement lawsuit, which claims it has been using her trademarks to improperly capitalize on the success and fame of the book.

Among other things, the museum had claimed that Lee's claims were barred by the doctrine of laches because she "slumbered" on...

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