Michael’s Estate wants Howard Mann, who is Katherine Jackson’s business partner, to stop using Michael’s name and image to sell books, websites and other products. The Estate has raised a lawsuit against Mann, who has filed papers to dismiss the suit against him.
According to Mann, this is the same lawsuit that Michael pursued back in 2004, only to “abandon” the legal fight in 2006. Mann claims, because Michael did not pursue the case, and a judgment was issued against him, Michael lost the legal right to stop Mann’s company from using his image to sell merchandise.
Mann claims the Estate shouldn’t be able to resurrect the case by being allowed to sue for the same claims in 2011. Now, the case is in the hands of a federal judge who will decide the question.