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Jackson estate reaches settlement with Heal The World Foundation

By | Published on Wednesday 20 April 2011

Michael Jackson

The Michael Jackson estate has reached a settlement with the Heal The World Foundation, a charitable organisation which utilises the name of the late king of pop’s short lived 1990s charity. The Foundation claimed its creation in 2005 was sanctioned by Jackson, and continued to imply an affiliation in its literature after his death, while also seemingly enjoying the support of the Jackson family, and especially its matriarch Katherine.

But the Jackson estate said the singer had never officially sanctioned the formation of the Foundation, and therefore they were infringing IP rights in his name and image. The lawsuit was due to go to court anytime now, and Katherine Jackson, now on the Foundation’s board, was due to testify, but an out-of-court settlement was reached yesterday.

Details of that settlement are not known, though it is thought ownership of the name Heal The World Foundation and various other trademarks used by the charity will lie with the estate. Reps for the charity are yet to comment.



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