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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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31.

Illise    

I just cant understand how many more freaks are going to take advantage of Michael Jackson death i mean there is no respect

1853 days ago
32.

sanity    

@ Wee ( and the other sheep )

TMZ and all others have the right to refer to MJ in any manner they so choose. Derogatory or not, that is the beauty of America and of opinions. THink of it in the same manner for yourself...those who find MJ to be a fraud or criminal may not like you and others glorifying him in death. BUT you have the right too. Just as others have the right to hate the man and all he stood for.
(besides, 90% of all the "leave poor MJ alone" fanatics hadn't thought of him, or owned one piece of his music or otherwise 24 hours b4 his death!!!)
And, I say all of this having been a fan! Lighten UP DUDE!

1853 days ago
33.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

30. @ Wee ( and the other sheep )

TMZ and all others have the right to refer to MJ in any manner they so choose. Derogatory or not, that is the beauty of America and of opinions. THink of it in the same manner for yourself...those who find MJ to be a fraud or criminal may not like you and others glorifying him in death. BUT you have the right too. Just as others have the right to hate the man and all he stood for.
(besides, 90% of all the "leave poor MJ alone" fanatics hadn't thought of him, or owned one piece of his music or otherwise 24 hours b4 his death!!!)
And, I say all of this having been a fan! Lighten UP DUDE!

Posted at 12:22PM on Aug 24th 2009 by sanityrose

VERY WELL SAID..

1853 days ago
34.

Em    

How old are these people maliciously commenting that haven't a clue about Michael Jackson and his background? As Michael himself quoted, "Prejudice is ignorance". And SLIGHT burn?? Somebody needs to visit a burn ward and see just what care is involved and what happens with subsequent surgeries afterwards. How about lupus - done your homework on that? How about vitiligo - any clue about that? How about maintaining a public image because your livelihood depends on it? As for his facial looks - never seemed to bother his fans much; his internal beauty always shown through. Personally, as gorgeous as he was in earlier years, I liked his most recent look, wigs and all; a mature man.

1853 days ago
35.

Andreemyrian    

All Michael's fans knew already that since 1984 he had wigs, it's not a problem. He was even the best singer and dancer, and he was also very sexy. All MJ haters are ugly, full of inferiority complexes and have a poor uninteresting life

1853 days ago
36.

manda038    

Michael was a GOD!...so much talent...such a beautiful soul..so sweet, kind, gentle...too good for this world. The haters just jealous Michael had it all and they have nothing to give this world but their vile hate! He endured lupus, vitiligo, 2nd and 3rd degree burns. If he wore wigs or weaves..so what...other stars who wear wigs...Dolly Parton, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and many many more....also....there's a long list of celebs who've had plastic surgery...almost all of them..from breast implants to lipo...but the haters pick on Michael...they are just jealous that Michael had the talent, the money, and millions of fans all over the world...you'd have to go to another planet to find someone who never heard of Michael Jackson.....too bad losers...weep in your beer because you have nothing and MJ had it all!...inclluding the women.

1853 days ago
37.

Jessica    

LOL: This is officially the single STUPIDEST lawsuit I have ever heard of, read or seen in my entire existence on Earth.

1853 days ago
38.

disfasia    

sanityrose,

If you really feel that people have the right to their opinions, then don't come on here and scold people for having their opinions or for admonishing others who use derrogatory epithets to refer to Michael Jackson. Fan or not, we can disagree with someone's actions and still maintain a certain respect for their person, beginning with their name.

People will take exception for offensive epithets being used against Mr. Jackson because that is abusive and has absolutely nothing to do with free speech. If anything it has everything to do with hate speech.

People should come and discuss what they think without resorting to offensive comments. That is a reasonable and the minimal basis for any democratic form of dialogue.

1853 days ago
39.

a total fan    

Many celebrity men wear wigs the only differece is that they call theirs a toupee. No big deal that Jackson's hair wasn't his own.

1853 days ago
40.

doc murry    

he didnt ggggget 2nd and 3rd degree burns i sssssaw the vedio and hhhhhe got a slight sunburn maybe..ttthats was just an eeeexcuse to use to cover up his heavy medication routine,michael jackson was a kool guy so i hhhhave no axe to grind with hhhhim..some say he mmmmmolested kids,,i wwwwwasnt there so i dont kkkknow..some say he never pppppaid his bills,,he didnt oooowe me money so i dont know..i kkkknow he could sing and dddddance real good..other tttthen that i ddint know the man..i ddddo want one of those wigs though..that wwwwwould be kool....whats ttthe matter with cccccalling him wacko jacko..sorry for tttthe stuttering bbbbbut im have a sssspeech impediment..and only cccchicks get lupas anywaysssss

1853 days ago
41.

disfasia    

moonwalker

it is lovely to see that you know how badly michael was burned. and your knowledge in science is just astounding. dumbfounding, in the true sense of the word. men don't get lupus...and the earth is flat and the sun rotates around the earth. yes, i love middle age science.

1853 days ago
42.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

36. Michael was a GOD!...so much talent...such a beautiful soul..so sweet, kind, gentle...too good for this world.
Posted at 12:33PM on Aug 24th 2009 by Manda038

GET REAL. GOD WAS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. MJ WAS A WASHED UP DRUG ADDICT. HE CHOOSE DRUGS OVER EVERYTHING ELSE. MJ WAS A WASHED UP HIDEOUS FREAK.

1853 days ago
43.

tania from Germany    

By the way, the family didn`t bury him because of money! Al Walzer, a closed family friend, told on tv that the family don`t want to pay for the burial, this should have been payed by the city of Los Angelos.

Are they nuts? They earned so much money after his death and aren`t able to pay for his burial? What`s going on with you, Jackson-family?!

1853 days ago
44.

everythinguread    

He is not Jacko, his name is Michael Jackson and he IS the King of Pop quit trying so hard for ratings, you would get mine if you stopped calling him Jacko - Harvo the "Lawyer".

1853 days ago
45.

you just don't get it    

#36 A GOD?? LOL, have you taken leave of your senses?

1853 days ago
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