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Michael Jackson Estate Settles with Heal the World

4/19/2011 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Michael Jackson Estate has settled its lawsuit against the Heal the World Foundation, and the Estate is now copacetic with the charity using Michael Jackson's name.

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The Estate had sued Heal the World, on grounds it had no right to use MJ's name to solicit money.  But we've learned there was a secret meeting yesterday between Katherine Jackson's new lawyer, Perry Sanders, and Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman.

We're told the Foundation will transfer to the Estate all registered trademarks that relate to Michael Jackson.  MJ's original Heal the World Foundation will be re-formed under the supervision of the Executors. Katherine Jackson will be a member of the board, as will Melissa Johnson, who headed up the most recent version of the foundation.

The lawyers are going to court this AM to dismiss the lawsuit.



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76.

FlowerPower    

From the Estate of Michael Jackson: Press reports on TMZ and other media sites regarding the settlement terms between the Michael Jackson Estate and the Heal the World defendants are wrong. The Estate is taking back the Heal the World Foundation and all of the Michael Jackson trademarks it allegedly owned. The Michael Jackson Estate owns the Heal the World name, and neither Melissa Johnson nor her companies will ever be able to use Michael Jackson's name or the Heal the World name.

1191 days ago
77.

cindee    

Congratulations are in order for John Branca Nina D. Boyajian
Howard Weitzman..................
NOW we know who Mrs. Jackson's true God is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
she's on her knees at the alter of money

LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER MICHAEL RIP SWEET ANGEL

1191 days ago
78.

FlowerPower    

Thanks very much Susan for the link to trial notes.
I hope I never hear Melissa 'scam artist' Johnson again.
Next time if Katherine is thinking about starting dealing and wheeling with someone, she should check all the facts and do background check.

Susan, do you know about the case against Mann and how it is going?
I'll be happy to see last of him too.

1191 days ago
79.

Cherwood    

There are people dying...
As usual TMZ has only printed what suits THEIR agenda. I was HIGHLY upset when I first read this story, until I thought to go online and get it from a REAL News outlet. Here's the article and notice that not only did the Estate get the Trademarks back from Johnson, but they also retain the rights to THE CHARITY ITSELF...and Johnson can no longer use the "HEAL THE WORLD" name nor MICHAEL'S LIKENESS any longer...
Here's the entire AP article:

Jackson estate settles lawsuit over Heal the World
(AP) – 10 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's estate reached a settlement Tuesday that ended its lengthy fight with a nonprofit that claimed it was the successor to the singer's Heal the World charity.

The deal came just as a trial was set to begin to decide ownership of lucrative trademarks.

The singer's estate battled the Heal the World Foundation in federal court for more than 18 months, alleging it was misusing trademarks and likeness rights to create an association with Jackson's defunct charity.

The new incarnation of Heal the World Foundation had said it was given authority by Jackson's attorney to run the foundation in 2005. In recent months, it placed Jackson's mother, Katherine, on its board of directors and also collaborated with the late singer's children.

Katherine Jackson had been expected to testify during the federal trial, along with one of the singer's former attorneys and his former spokeswoman.

In a statement, Jackson's estate said the settlement calls for it to retain the rights to the Heal the World charity and rights to any trademarks the current foundation held.

The remainder of the agreement remained confidential.

Jackson founded Heal the World in 1992 but later abandoned it as he fought child abuse allegations.

The foundation's current director, Melissa Johnson, claimed one of Jackson's former attorneys told her the pop star wanted her to run the foundation in 2005. The estate said in a statement that the settlement means Johnson cannot use the Heal the World name or Jackson's likeness any longer.

Her attorney, Edgar Pease, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
......................SIMMERING.....................

1191 days ago
80.

FlowerPower    

Hey MiMi clone number 146:-)

Your post is kind of funny, you tell me to stfu and at the same time you ask where is the link:-)

google google google google

1191 days ago
81.

paula    

(19-4-2011) The Michael Jackson Estate sent the following statement out via Twitter just moments ago:

On Tuesday 19th April 2011, @MJonlineteam said:

From the Estate:

Press reports on TMZ and other media sites regarding the settlement terms between the Michael Jackson Estate and the Heal the World defendants are wrong. The Estate is taking back the Heal the World Foundation and all of the Michael Jackson trademarks it allegedly owned. The Michael Jackson Estate owns the Heal the World name, and neither Melissa Johnson nor her companies will ever be able to use Michael Jackson's name or the Heal the World name.

1191 days ago
82.

FlowerPower    

MiMi clone no:146

What is wrong with writing for example as follows:
FP, you forgot the link to source, can you please post the link to it?

You seem to be born yesterday as so far your manners are non existent.

Note, as Paula already posted, MJ Online Team was my source and I think estate is as credible as they come:-)

Have a lovely day!

1191 days ago
83.

sofi    

Thank God,the Estate set the record straight.

1191 days ago
84.

Susan    

Before posting, know your facts. This is NOT Michael Jackson's charity. Learn something. This foundation has no right to use the name or anything associated with Michael Jackson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heal_the_World_Foundation

1191 days ago
86.

Ulja    

Melissa Johnson has understood she would lose the case in court against Estate and had to be crawfished, because better a tomtit in your hand than a crane in the sky...
But why didn't Estate sue to HTW before Katherine had deal with it ? She (HTW) began to use Mj's name far earlier, isn't she?

1191 days ago
87.

Ulja    

Why wouldn't Katherine and her little and adult children create a new fund under a similar name, something like "Heal the Earth" ??

1191 days ago
88.

Ulja    

Melissa Johnson needs Michael's name just like the Estate needs "heal the world" name ... So they all have been agreed.

1191 days ago
89.

Eleonora49    

Michael Jackson cared about the World and all needy people.Things are not good and more and more People need help.Michael was a loving caring Kind Man.With our Economical world Nightmare, it is very important to help.And he and so many of his fellow Musican Friends was there for the poor to do Concerts and also Michael gave so much out of his own pockets to so many in need.Over the years I fell in Love with him not just because he could sing, NO, because he was a GOOD MAN WITH A KIND HEART AND A GOLDEN SOUL!

1191 days ago
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