9th Circ. Shreds Stan Lee Media's Iron Man Lawsuit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 29, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday tossed Stan Lee Media Inc.'s lawsuit against its former president, comic book legend Stan Lee, alleging it owns characters he created or co-created, including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, calling the company's claim "simply implausible."

The panel said Stan Lee Media's inaction undermined its assertion: The company never once claimed it owned the rights to the valuable characters or tried to license them between 1998, when the company says Stan Lee assigned the company rights to the characters, and 2007, when it filed suit.

"Meanwhile, others were openly producing content and generating revenues from the...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!