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New Michael Jackson lawsuit centers on memorabilia

January 22, 2011 |  7:08 pm

Another lawsuit related to the late Michael Jackson's music empire was filed this week.

Jackson's estate sued a business partner of the singer's mother this week, alleging that memorabilia created with her permission and other commercial ventures constituted "wholesale misappropriation" of the pop icon's intellectual property.

The suit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, accuses Canadian entrepreneur Howard Mann of "arrogant disregard" for the estate's rights and asks a judge to stop his company, Vintage Pop Media, from further use of Jackson's name, image and music.

"Protecting and preserving Michael's assets are a core responsibility of the estate and we will do everything the law permits to enforce those rights," estate lawyer Howard Weitzman said in a statement.

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