SOURCE: Brando Enterprises

August 12, 2011 17:22 ET

Brando Enterprises Files Infringement Suit Against Furniture Retailer Rooms To Go

Brando Enterprises Seeks to Recover Damages From Rooms To Go for Allegedly Marketing Sofas and Sectionals Under the "Brando" Name Without License

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 12, 2011) - Brando Enterprises, the operating entity created by the Marlon Brando Living Trust to manage business interests on behalf of the beneficiaries according to Marlon's wishes as set forth in his Trust documents, has filed suit against furniture retailer Rooms To Go for the alleged unlicensed use of the Brando name in connection with a line of sofas and sectionals marketed by the company.

Filed by entertainment and licensing attorney Jeffrey I. Abrams, Esq. of Los Angeles-based Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, the suit seeks to recover damages caused by Room To Go's sales and marketing of the unlicensed "Brando" furniture.

The suit was filed today, August 12, in the California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, West District.

"Part of our continued efforts on behalf of Brando Enterprises is to rigorously monitor the manufacturing and retail marketplace to ensure that any commercial use of the Brando name, image or trademarks is licensed through a negotiated agreement with Brando Enterprises' duly appointed licensing representatives. We will not tolerate any company's infringements on the rights of Brando Enterprises and will pursue economic recovery aggressively against companies violating these rights," said Abrams.

Established in part to protect the Marlon Brando name, likeness and personality on behalf of the Brando family, Brando Enterprises is overseen by Brando Trust co-trustees Mike Medavoy, Chairman of Phoenix Entertainment, accountant and business manager Larry Dressler and Avra Douglas, a family friend.

Brando Enterprises is represented for licensing by Brand Sense Partners, LLC.

About Brando Enterprises
Brando Enterprises is a an operating entity created by the Marlon Brando Living Trust to manage core business interests including Brando licensing activities, preservation and archiving of Brando memorabilia in preparation for future exploitation and film participation and represent the Brando Trust's continuing commitment to maximizing opportunities on behalf of the beneficiaries according to Marlon's wishes as set forth in his Trust documents. The Brando Trustees include motion picture producer and former studio executive Mike Medavoy, accountant and business management executive Larry Dressler and Avra Douglas, a close family friend who also served as an executive assistant and creative development executive with the famed actor.

About Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP:
Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP has distinguished itself as a significant legal presence in California and throughout Nevada for the past 30 years. Our attorneys in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Reno serve as full service counsel on a broad range of corporate, real estate, entertainment and litigation matters for local, regional and nationally recognized clients. The firm provides strategic legal counsel and a client-focused approach across multiple industries and business sectors.

Contact Information

    (For Brando Enterprises)
    SSA Public Relations
    Steve Syatt
    (818) 907-0500
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