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Duke Ellington's Fam -- The Attack Over Cognac

8/5/2009 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Thirty two years after his death, jazz legend Duke Ellington was suddenly being used to hawk a high end brand of cognac -- and his family is pissed.

Duke Ellington's Fam -- The Attack Over Cognac

Duke's grandson has filed a federal lawsuit in New York, claiming the people who introduced a liqueur called "Duke Ellington XO Cognac" in 2006 never got the proper permission to use Duke's name and signature on their product.

In the suit, filed earlier today, the Ellington estate claims the people behind the booze "once attempted to negotiate with [the estate] ... but no agreement was ever reached between the parties."

Now, Team Ellington wants the booze company to stop selling the cognac -- and they also want all the profits they earned ... and at $150 a bottle, there could be some serious cash at stake.

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WHYME?    

First!!!

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

Cleveland is the most beautiful city in the world.

1801 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Man, they even put the man picture on the box and don't pay a penny.

1801 days ago
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Vick Fan    

So basically Duke's family is saying.........'pay us, cuz we be needin some mo money cuz we don't be wantin to work!"

I am sick of people needing to make more money off of their dead relatives. Just like the pathetic jackson family is doing over the death of their junkie son and brother. Screw all of those people!

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

bologna

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

Sparky is a moron

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

tube

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

Sparky should shut the f up because when he opens his mouth everyone realizes what an idiot he really is

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

gas

1801 days ago
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First whores!    

What a great Cognac. Me loves it.

1801 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

What can't the Duke's family benefit from his name like Elvis' family. Don't discriminate cus they're black.

1801 days ago
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Lissey2106    

Wow I can always count on finding something ignorant on these comment boards!

1801 days ago
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mia    

Totally agree that Sparky is a moron.

Hey Sparky, if you became famous, would you want people to use your name and image for profit without your permission? If you would, you're a moron. Ooops, we already knew that. You'd be a double moron.

1801 days ago
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balls    

balls

1801 days ago
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lost in lalaland    

Sparky: Do us all a favor and keep your mouth shut. Your lack of intelligence is so loud it's giving me a headache.

1801 days ago
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