Michael Jackson's Estate Sues Memorabilia Dealer
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:05:21
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Michael Jackson's estate is suing Howard Mann, a businessman who is working in concert with the singer's mother to market memorabilia related to Jackson here. Whoa. So Katherine Jackson is involved too? Yes, it turns out she is involved out of necessity.
The site, the lawsuit alleged, "does absolutely everything in its power to suggest to its visitors that it is the hub for all things Michael Jackson, and that it is sanctioned and supported by the estate, when in fact it is neither."
Visitors to the site can buy an "official" $39.99 coffee table book containing hundreds of photos from the Jackson family archive and apparently authorized by Katherine Jackson. The 80-year-old matriarch of the family is featured prominently in promotional photos.
Mann told TMZ last November that he was helping Ma Jackson make money while the estate focused on paying off her son's debts.
There you have it. Jackson and Mann aren't trying to profit off of the late Michael Jackson; they are looking to pay down the estate's debts, it seems.
What do you think of this business situation?