• Representation of the successor to the Estate of Marilyn Monroe in a licensing dispute with a former licensee seeking roughly $7 million in damages after the estate terminated its trademark license agreement. Following a week-long arbitration in Chicago, the three arbitrator panel unanimously decided in the estate’s favor and awarded the Claimant nothing. The panel also awarded the estate roughly $300,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • The representation of Greg Garrison (until his death in March 2005), and then the Executor and Trustee of Mr. Garrison’s Estate and Trust (Ronald L. Blanc, Esq.).  Mr. Garrison was the director and producer of the legendary Dean Martin Variety Shows in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Mr. Garrison acquired the rights to certain of those television shows, which he then edited into a highly successful series of DVDs and VHS tapes sold by Guthy-Renker Corporation.  In connection with that representation, we have handled the following matters:
    • NBC Universal filed a copyright infringement action against the Executor/Trustee and others, alleging that Mr. Garrison infringed upon its copyrights in creating the Guthy-Renker series.  The action was favorably resolved.
    • Several musical composers filed a copyright infringement action against the Executor/Trustee and others, alleging that Mr. Garrison infringed upon their copyrights in creating the Guthy-Renker series.  The action was successfully resolved.

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