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Jackson Estate Sues Heal the World

9/29/2009 8:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's estate has filed a lawsuit against the Heal the World Foundation.

The Special Administrators, John Branca and John McClain, have alleged in the suit the Foundation is using Jackson's name and likeness without permission.

According to the lawsuit the Foundation and other related entities have registered 6 trademarks and have applied with 41 additional ones, all suggesting a connection to Jackson.

The legal papers acknowledge Jackson founded his own Heal the World Foundation in 1992 but it has no connection to the defendants.

The suit alleges the defendants cybersquatted various domain names, including "mjaid.net," "healthworldfoundation.net," and "mjquotes.net."

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Michelle    

It's about time his estate sues someone.

But seriously TMZ you can do better with the pics of Michael. He was in the spotlight for 45yrs, don't give me that you are running out of pictures!

1793 days ago
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Vanessa Kaye    

OMG who cares if they are using his name CHANCES ARE he would have WANTED them to USE HIS NAME. John Branca and the other one are just too twisted. Mama might need to hurry and try to get in this estate and make some changes. They PLAINLY did not know who Michael was and wanted he wanted.

1793 days ago
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HumanNature    

Get them Branca and McClain!!!!

MJ's Love

( Love Hug )

1793 days ago
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Vanessa Kaye    

Regarding his picture That's how he looked in his last years people get over it. In my opinon he was still Fine!

1793 days ago
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MJ's KIDS    

Don't MJ look like a freak in all his pictures????

1793 days ago
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HumanNature    

Heal the World, as involving Michael Jackson, was formally dissolved in 2004. Its operations had stopped in late-2002. This was made official on the tax filings from 2003.

The Heal the World tax filings from 2003 (based on 2002 data) state, at the end:

HEAL THE WORLD FOUNDATION HAS CEASED ITS EXEMPT OPERATIONS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 10/31/2003. THERE WILL BE NO ACTIVITY FOR 2004 AND THE ORGANIZATION WILL FORMALLY DISSOLVED IN 2004.

http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/node/101049

1793 days ago
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Missy    

Go get them!! I wondered when Branca and McClain were going to start kicking ass and taking names!

there are alot better pictures of Michael all over the place! so go get some better ones tmz!

1793 days ago
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Therese Rose    

Hey Ohwell, I bet you can suck a golf ball through a garden hose can't you?! You half wit.

1793 days ago
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MJ's KIDS    

Man MJ is one sick looking MF.

1793 days ago
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:(    

ANYTHING...ANYTHING...ANYTHING FOR MONEEEEYYY!!!!!!!!!!

1793 days ago
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MJ's KIDS    

10. The Sunday before MJ died, churches around the world said a curse for MJ because of all the sick and twisted sexual things he had done to children. IT WORKED!!!!!!!

Posted at 7:40PM on Sep 29th 2009 by OhWell

LOL

1793 days ago
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Daytona    

MJ is a Child Molester... This will always be his legacy. Face it... you know it to be true. Got Jesus Juice?

1793 days ago
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susan    

Don't people understand. TMZ does NOT pay the rights to use real photos. They would have to pay the photographers a fee. They are too cheap to do that. They use stills from public domain videotape.

I also don't know what people are complaining about. The above IS how MJ looked without airbrushing, etc. in photos.

1793 days ago
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Pierce Aero    

"Heh Heh, They said 'cybersquatted' Beavis."-Butthead. Don't look at me, I'm just the messenger. Pierce Aero

1793 days ago
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