Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Stan Lee Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against POW! Entertainment

Stan Lee Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against POW! Entertainment

Stan Lee has gone after his ex-company, POW!

Chinese media group Tianying Media has acquired a quirky space comedy from legendary American comic-book creator Stan Lee, according to news reports. Entertainment, as well as current POW! CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion didn't disclose the terms of the deal to him before it closed. Entertainment to alter a clause meant to grant POW! non-exclusive rights to use his name to instead secretly grant POW! an exclusive right to use Lee's name. "Inc. the exclusive use of Lee's identity, name, image, and likeness ... and each of them knew that their objective was unlawful and they meant to aid each other in achieving that unlawful objective". According to the suit, Lee has macular degeneration - which causes deteriorating eyesight.

However, the suit says, Champion and POW! The suit alleges that Lee was led to believe the deal included a licensing agreement that was non-exclusive, however the contract he signed gave POW! The suit claims that Pow! was also given the right to use Lee's Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. "While the Illegitimate Document purports to contain Lee's signature, Lee never knowingly signed it. Lee has yet to provide anyone with the exclusive right to use his identity, image, name and likeness". (1) forged Lee's signatures; (2) lifted Lee's signature from another document and imposed it on the Illegitimate Document; or, (3) someone, likely one of the Defendants, induced Lee to sign the Illegitimate Document by using a bait and switch tactic: "telling Lee it was something else".

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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.

TheWrap has reached out to Camsing for comment on the suit.

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