POW! Entertainment is asking a California federal judge to knock out a suit from Stan Lee’s daughter that they describe as a grossly selfish and inconsiderate use of the court’s time.
Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, sued POW! in September to reclaim control over her father’s intellectual property and likeness rights. Lee, the only heir and trustee of his estate, gathered a team of lawyers and experts to look into the facts surrounding Stan Lee’s business partners with whom he ended communications during the last year of his life. Apparently this dug up various unsavoury facts. Thus, she has asked for a full revision of all of Stan Lee’s IP from POW!
Presently, POW! is arguing that the claims have been vehemently litigated and relitigated ad nauseam and that these fresh rounds of litigations do not add anything to it.
Stan Lee co-founded the company in 2001 and sued the company himself prior to his death in 2018. He later dropped the $1 billion claim.
POW!’s attorney Chaz Rainey argues that J.C.’s complaint is fatally flawed and is extremely problematic. Firstly, he argues that J.C. Lee is trying to enforce the perpetrated rights of the now-defunct Stan Lee Media under its 1998 employment with her father, which doesn’t have standing. Secondly, J.C.’s claims are beyond the statute of limitations. Thirdly, the 1998 contract was a subject of at least five federal lawsuits and even then, the court had held the agreement to be unenforceable.
Although the agreement had said that the company had rights over Lee’s intellectual property for his lifetime, a federal judge had ruled that since it was a personal services agreement, it was limited to seven years under California law.
Notably, Lee formed POW! in November 2001 and, according to Rainey, Lee assigned his name and likeness rights to the company as well as his copyrights. According to him, bringing up such claims again which have previously been struck down by other courts, is a waste of the court’s time.