A U.S. judge in Los Angeles dismissed remaining claims by the estate of long-time Winnie the Pooh licensee Stephen Slesinger against the Walt Disney Co in a copyright infringement case, court documents showed on Monday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper brings to a close a legal battle waged since 1991 in several venues over potentially billions of dollars in royalties. Slesinger, a New York television and film producer, obtained the exclusive merchandising and other rights to the Pooh works from author A.A. Milne in 1930 and transferred them to Disney in 1961 exchange for a regular royalty.
Stephen Slesinger Inc still has a claim against Disney pending before U.S. patent regulators, a Disney spokeswoman said.
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