Jackson Estate Sues Two California Corporations
September 30, 2009 at 6:13 AM (PT)
The MICHAEL JACKSON Estate’s Special Administrators have sued two CALIFORNIA corporations with no connection to the late singer for exploiting his death by unlawfully seeking trademarks using the name "MICHAEL JACKSON" as well as such phrases as "King of Pop," "Heal the World," "MJ," "Neverland" and "Thriller" to deceive the public into assuming they operate JACKSON charities and thereby obtain contributions from fans who believe they are making charitable donations to a legitimate MICHAEL JACKSON organization.
The lawsuit was filed in UNITED STATES District Court in LOS ANGELES on behalf of the Estate by Special Administrators JOHN MCCLAIN and JOHN BRANCA against the HEAL THE WORLD FOUNDATION and its affiliated corporation UNITED FLEET, which operate in the CALIFORNIA cities of INDIO and PALM DESERT.
Said BRANCA, "JOHN MCCLAIN and I as Special Administrators will continue to be vigilant in protecting MICHAEL's legacy from unauthorized exploitation and in protecting MICHAEL’s fans from being deceived."