2011 Merchandise & Miscellaneous News Archives

May 26, 2011: Judge Rules for Release of Superman Documents

Superman Court Case Variety.com reports that DC Comics has won a small victory in the on-going legal battle over the rights to Superman, with a federal magistrate judge ruling that documents that could prove that the Siegel's attorney Marc Toberoff poisoned its relationships with Siegel and Shuster's heirs in an attempt to gain his own control over ownership of the character's copyrights should be released to DC.

    DC Comics included in its suit an unsigned document, the "Superman-Marc Toberoff Timeline," that makes reference to documents detailing Toberoff's business practices and interactions with his clients. But Toberoff says that, as he was in the midst of litigation with DC Comics over Superman, the documents were stolen from his office in 2006 by a former attorney and then delivered to Warner Bros.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Ralph Zarefsky said Toberoff "waived the privileges" when he turned in the documents last year in response to a grand jury subpeona, issued after Toberoff met with reps at the U.S. Attorney's office to discuss an investigation of the theft. Toberoff's attorneys say that they have an agreement with government that the documents would be "maintained as strictly confidential."

Read the full report at Variety.com.

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