2010 Merchandise & Miscellaneous News Archives

Superman Court Case

May 14, 2010: DC Comics Files Lawsuit Over Superman Rights

The Wall Street Journal reported today that DC Comics has filed a lawsuit against LA-based attorney Marc Toberoff in an attempt to protect rights to its lucrative "Superman" property.

    Warner Bros. filed the suit in federal court in Los Angeles after months of trying and failing to settle with heirs of the "Superman" creators, whom Toberoff represents. The media company recently retained O'Melveny & Myers's Dan Petrocelli to assist on the case. Click here for a copy of the complaint (PDF file).

    In the suit, Warner Bros. alleges that, during their lifetimes, "Superman" co-creators Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster never attempted to terminate DC's copyrights to the super hero and that their families agreed to lifetime compensation agreements. The suit alleges that Toberoff provoked the Siegel and Shuster families to repudiate those agreements, enter into new contracts with his companies, and seek to terminate DC's "Superman" copyrights.

Read the report at the WSJ.com website.

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