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Battle over Sam DuBose estate includes questionable text messages, theft claims (OH)

October 27, 2015

The battle to oversee Sam DuBose’s estate and an anticipated multi-million-dollar wrongful death settlement now includes claims that DuBose’s property was stolen as well as allegations an attorney sent questionable text messages.

DuBose’s mother, Audrey DuBose, and an attorney representing his father are both seeking to oversee the estate. In July, a University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed Sam DuBose as he started to drive away from a traffic stop for a missing front license plate. The university has indicated it intends to settle any wrongful death claim.


Appeals court decision reopens Warner Bros. and Tolkien Estate battle (CA)

October 29, 2015

A judicial memorandum filed Wednesday in California opens the way for the Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate to continue their battle over the extent of Warner’s rights to market products associated with “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” The disagreement hinges on the Estate’s claim Warner only has the right to sell “tangible” merchandise.

In 2012, The Tolkien Estate filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros., claiming Warner was exceeding the limits of the licensing agreement by marketing certain Middle-earthed themed “digital exploitations,” including online slot machines. Warner counter-sued, claiming the Estate’s actions had cost them money since they were not able to exploit revenue sources they believed were within the purview of the agreement as it had been interpreted through the years. Warner also asserted this limited potential publicity for the Hobbit films.