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Lon Chaney Jr, a man who is considered an icon to many Horror fans.
Now, 40 years after his death, his family have decided to sue the studio that he helped put on the map.
Chaney Jr’s family went after Universal in the courts for more than $1 million in damages. In a nine-page breach of contract and other claims complaint filed on Monday in LA Superior Court, Chaney Entertainment alleges that Universal Studios Licensing uses the Wolf-Man/Mummy/Frankenstein actor’s likeness for merchandise and goods and services despite the fact that a representation agreement between the studio and the company expired on December 31, 2008. The complaint reads:
“Universal’s continued exploitation of the Chaney’s rights has been done intentionally in conscious disregards of the rights of Chaney, and with malice, fraud, or oppression towards Chaney, thereby entitling Chaney to an award of punitive damages according to proof at trial.”
Seeking restoration of full rights to the actor’s likeness and image, a full accounting and payment of funds allegedly due plus 10% per annum in interest, the complaint also wants all legal fees paid by the defendants as well as consequential and punitive damages.
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