Jackson Estate Sues Foundation Over Name

“Heal the World” foundation gets handed a lawsuit.

Last Updated: September 30, 2009 @ 11:18 AM

Michael Jackson’s estate on Tuesday sued a foundation that bears the name of one of his most famous songs, "Heal the World."

The federal court lawsuit claims the Heal the World Foundation is improperly using trademarks and Web sites to create the impression they were approved by Jackson to solicit donations.
 
The current administrators of Jackson’s estate — attorney John Brancaand music executive John McClain — have a probate court’s authority to protect Jackson’s image and likeness and prevent sales of unauthorized merchandise. They have negotiated deals for official Jackson merchandise, including a coffee table book, trading cards and calendars.
 
Read more at the Associated Press.