Relatives want 'Brando' chair tabled

March 22, 2007 at 6:32 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Marlon Brando's estate filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles demanding that a furniture maker stop marketing "Brando" chairs without a licensing agreement.

The suit was filed after the late actor's heirs tried unsuccessfully for months to get Palliser Furniture Ltd., a Canadian company in Winnipeg, to quit marketing a line of plush home theater chairs dubbed "The Brando" without permission, the Los Angeles Times said.

Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the suit seeks unspecified damages, claiming sales of the chair "exceed several million dollars on a worldwide basis."

"Marlon spent a lifetime protecting his brand and made it a priority that his name would continue to be protected on behalf of his children," said movie producer Mike Medavoy, co-executor of the Brando estate.

The Oscar-winning actor, who starred in "The Godfather," "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," died in 2004. His estate, represented by licensing firm CGM Worldwide, has deals with Warner Bros., Electronic Arts and others for various products.

Attorney Jeffrey Abrams, who represents the Brando estate, said a Palliser executive said in a Jan. 29 letter that the "Brando" chair was named in honor of a tourist destination on Corsica.

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