Stan Lee is 95, but a little thing like that doesn't stop him from aggressively protecting his name and likeness. "Inc. the exclusive use of Lee's identity, name, image, and likeness as described in further detail below", the suit continues.
However, the suit says, Champion and POW!
It appears that POW! was sold in 2017, and Lee maintains that the negotiations were made under false pretenses as the comic book legend was mourning the death of his wife of fifty years, Joan. In the case, taking advantage of Lee's macular degeneration and subsequently impaired sight to get him to sign away exclusive rights to use his name to Camsing International Holding, a Hong Kong-based company that acquired POW! past year.
According to the complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Lee has been selective about licensing his name and likeness and will only authorize the use on a non-exclusive basis.
Adam D.H. Grant and Jennifer Levin Stearns of Alpert, Barr & Grant are representing Lee in the suit, which punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $1 billion.
According to the suit, Lee "does not recall anyone reading the Illegitimate Document to him, and, due to his advanced macular degeneration, he could not have read it himself". The suit states that Lee can not recall anyone reading to him the terms of the agreement and that he did not knowingly sign the document.
The suit suggests that Duffy, Champion or POW! either forged Lee's signature, lifted it from another document or induced him to sign it by telling him it was something else. The complaint also states that Camsing was given access to his Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts against Lee's wishes.
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