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Company Wigs Out -- Sues Over M.J. Costumes

8/24/2009 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael jacksonA company that makes those ornate powdered wigs for solicitors and barristers in England, claims it has exclusive rights to market Michael Jackson wigs and is suing a costume company that got into the act.

R.H. Smith & Sons has been making those white English wigs for more than a century. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the company complains Rubie's Costume Company has been sending emails around claiming it's got exclusive worldwide rights to market Jacko wigs, costumes and accessories.

R.H. Smith & Sons begs to differ, claiming it's under license from MJ Licensing LLC to market MJ wigs, costumes and accessories -- and says Rubie's claims to exclusivity has damaged their business.

The company wants an injunction prohibiting Rubie's from pushing the products. They also want Rubie's to contact everyone it's been in touch with claiming rights to the products and correct the error. R.H. also wants damages.

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Teri    

Jusp on that money train before it leaves the station!!! Whatever.

1796 days ago
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DP    

OMG! I've heard it all now!

1796 days ago
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Teri    

*Jump*

1796 days ago
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a total fan    

Thank you for posting a nice picture.

1796 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

THE FREAK WORE WIGS!!!!!!!

1796 days ago
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cat    

TMZ...STOP referring to Michael Jackson as JACKO...the man is dead and u r still calling him by the name that he hated. Some respect if not for the dead but for his children.

1796 days ago
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the world    

TMZ......I do agree with wee

PLEASE QUIT calling him JACKO

He truly disliked that title!!!!!!


1796 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

4. Thank you for posting a nice picture.

Posted at 11:34AM on Aug 24th 2009 by a fan

Nice picture?? Look at his nose. MJ looks so hideous looking.

1796 days ago
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doc murry    

finally a nice picture of wacko jacko..did you all finally fix the hubble mobile phone,,can i buy one of those wigs ,,i am definitly going to be michael jackson for halloween,,all u need is a bad wig and a golden glove and presto mike's back..im sure it will be popular for halloween ,,all my friends are going as wacko jacko

1796 days ago
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doc murry    

finally im first..never thought that would happen

1796 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

10. finally a nice picture of wacko jacko..did you all finally fix the hubble mobile phone,,can i buy one of those wigs ,,i am definitly going to be michael jackson for halloween,,all u need is a bad wig and a golden glove and presto mike's back..im sure it will be popular for halloween ,,all my friends are going as wacko jacko

Posted at 11:43AM on Aug 24th 2009 by peace love and understanding

LOL

1796 days ago
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Homie1Kanobe    

Michaels team of lawyers need to get a big stick. to beat all these open hands back who want a piece of Michaels estate. First you have all the Jacksons with thier hands open, And now they have every Tom,and Harry coming after a piece of the estate..The woodwork is holding more open hands than I thought.....Just have to beat them back and take a number.....

1796 days ago
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justice is mine says the lord    

Just another example of people clammering to still make money on the cash cow that we all loved and knew as Michael jackson....Will it ever end? I for one will not buy products that I find offensive, derogatory or that are meant to malign Michael Jackson.
If someone thinks that just because he unfortunately had to wear a wig due to the damage he suffered at the hands of the Pepsi Cola company handling of the pyrotechnics that night, that now everyone is going to wear one of his wigs they are NUTZ.....I think Michael always looked wonderful, and put together. Thinking that somehow they are going to cash in on his death, SHAME ON THEM...SHAME ON ANYONE. If someone could arrange to bring him back, now that would be appreciated.....

1796 days ago
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Em    

People have way too much time on their hands. Perhaps R.H. Smith & Sons should invest some $$ and make a website (at least I couldn't find one) instead of coming up with this silliness. And, yes, Michael Jackson wore wigs - and there's medical reasons for it - plus he was in the public eye and had an image to protect and that was expected of him. Oh, and another thing, he wasn't a freak.

1796 days ago
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lili    

Pay UP! MJ's estate owes, and there is no reason whatsoever that the estate should not PAY UP!

MJ was known to skip out of bills for services, as he must have felt entitled.

1796 days ago
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