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Marlon Brando’s Estate Suing Palliser and Retailer

By Home Furnishings Business in Upholstery on March 2007 Representatives of Marlon Brando€™s estate are suing Palliser and Southern California retailer City Leather over the sale of the home theater chair called the Brando, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges the misappropriation of the name of a deceased celebrity. Brando died in July 2004 and permission was not obtained to use his name, according to the lawsuit.

The estate€™s representatives are asking for unspecified damages and a court order to halt the sale of any more goods using the Brando name.

Jason Brainard, vice president of City Leather, told the Associated Press that officials at his stores were told to stop using the Brando name when selling the chair. No decision has been made yet on what to rename the chair, he said.

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