2010 Merchandise & Miscellaneous News Archives

Superman Court Case

February 28, 2010: DC Fires Lawyers in Superman Legal Battle

Jeff Trexler at Newsarama.com reports that DC Comics has replaced its existing legal team in the fight with the Siegel family over the rights to Superman with Los Angeles "Super Lawyer" Daniel Petrocelli.

    Petrocelli is perhaps best known for his work in several high-profile trials, including a major intellectual property case involving a cartoon character. Besides defending Enron CEO Jeff Skilling in a case that has reached the Supreme Court and helping the Goldman family win a multimillion dollar judgment against OJ Simpson, Petrocelli successfully defended the Walt Disney Company in a long-running dispute over the royalties from Winnie the Pooh.

    Time Warner's decision to bring on such a high-profile litigator as its new outside counsel would seem to signal that the company does not expect a settlement with the Siegel family in the foreseeable future. It's equally possible that the hire is itself a negotiation tactic, as it's not unusual for a party in a lawsuit to bring in big name counsel in an attempt to intimidate a seemingly intractable opponent.

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