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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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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

Oh, and another thing, he wasn't a freak.

Posted at 11:47AM on Aug 24th 2009 by Marv

He was hideous looking with his fake nose.

1865 days ago
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Mikey    

FINALLY SOME INFO ABOUT THE WIGS!!!!

BUT WHO GET MJ'S USED WIGS???

1865 days ago
18.

Monica    

Where were all of this people when he was alive. It apparently wasn`t important to get the money then, but no everyone seems to have a claim against MJ

1865 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

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

Posted at 11:50AM on Aug 24th 2009 by lili

Very true

1865 days ago
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doc murry    

due to medical conditions my ass..he got a slight burn 20 years ago in a coke commercial and ever since he has had all these problems with pain killers ,,what a bunch of crap.he wore wigs because he was like 50 years old and going bald and can yopu imagine how much more freaky looking this weirdo would have looked bald,,oh my god the humanity..i wont say he molested kids because he was found not guilty but i can see with my own two eyes this was one freaky looking dude who wasnt all their in the head..my god i could imagine how this guy would have lookedc bald..the kids would have run away terrified

1865 days ago
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doc murry    

well they wont be killing anymore horses now to make his wigs..save the horses foundation released this on friday.."we are glad that michael jackson will never need another horsehair wig again..we can now take the horse off the endangered list except for in china where they still eat them for lunch"

1865 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

20. due to medical conditions my ass..he got a slight burn 20 years ago in a coke commercial and ever since he has had all these problems with pain killers ,,what a bunch of crap.he wore wigs because he was like 50 years old and going bald and can yopu imagine how much more freaky looking this weirdo would have looked bald,,oh my god the humanity..i wont say he molested kids because he was found not guilty but i can see with my own two eyes this was one freaky looking dude who wasnt all their in the head..my god i could imagine how this guy would have lookedc bald..the kids would have run away terrified

Posted at 11:58AM on Aug 24th 2009 by michaels alive

Good post. Very true.

1865 days ago
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cmhMJfan    

TO: Michaelsalive comment-

He didn't have a slight burn from that commercial! Did you see the footage? Did you hear he had 3rd degree burns and had to have several surgeries?? I think you need to educate yourself a bit more before you go talking bs about Michael Jackson. He also had health problems too. (just look at info out there) Once that autospy report is made public we will all see! You never walked in his shoes, so you can't say NOTHING! You aren't God and shouldn't be judging anyone either!

Michael Jackson RIP! Best entertainer that EVER lived!!
You will live forever through your music!

1865 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

22. well they wont be killing anymore horses now to make his wigs..save the horses foundation released this on friday.."we are glad that michael jackson will never need another horsehair wig again..we can now take the horse off the endangered list except for in china where they still eat them for lunch"

Posted at 12:02PM on Aug 24th 2009 by john wayne

LOL

1865 days ago
25.

janicebyrne01    

Sooo many people STILL trying to make money out of this poor man. I suppose it will always be thus... forever. It's sickening really.

1865 days ago
26.

a total fan    

Say what you want. Fans of Michael knew exactly what he looked like through the years and his fans still stayed loyal to him. He changed , so what? The changes never took away from the genius this man was. The changes never took away the fact that he did so much for charities. And his changes never swayed his true fans. This is a better clearer picture of him then those that have been posted before, so much better even with all his flaws.

Just wanted to share this video I came across:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGsQxWwgt9g

1865 days ago
27.

gucci    

He is dead and they still want to make money from his body. It is a shame, but this is it. It will be over soon. Anyway he doesn't seem to be dead...here : http://cambesteanu.blogspot.com/2009/08/michael-jackson-inmormantat-de-ziua-lui.html

1865 days ago
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a fan    

#20 He had 2nd and 3rd degree burns on the top of his head which scarred when they healed requiring multiple tissue expanders to stretch out the contracted skin. That is why he started wearing hats. He never grew hair there again. On top of that his lupus negatively impacted the healing of the burn and also affected his hair. Can you imagine what it would be like to have such severe painful burns filming a commercial that you objected to do but were forced into by your family and then suffering the loss of your hair?

1865 days ago
29.

leylatn    

Shame on you TMZ, for posting this kind of information, NOW HATERS CAN DO THEIR JOB. So sad....

1865 days ago
30.

sanity    

Who doesn't want to sue over something and want their hand into something over anything MJ? Funny how NOBODY wanted to have any part of their lives or business in the slightest proximity of MJ in life...now in death they are hovering in for the kill!

Next, Steven Spielberg (sp) will be suing over your use of the term Wacko and Jacko TMZ!!! lol (Animaniacs)

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