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"I refuse to be bullied..." - Laura Siegel Larson's 'Open Letter'
The Superman/DC Comics case
keeps taking more and more interesting turns with each week that it drags
on and it's sure to become a major case study for law students for decades to come when it's finally resolved.Last week saw yet another massive
release of documents, allegations and information, most of it was fairly redundant
and had been released before, but in the release there were a few gems.However the most interesting release of them
all has come not via the court, but via Laura Siegel Larsen herself.
In an ‘open letter’ to the
world, Laura Siegel Larson has attempted to explain her family’s side of the
situation and is doing her best to paint lawyer Marc Toberoff as a white knight
who is doing his best to fight the good fight, and I’m sure that’s exactly how
she sees him.It wasn’t always the case
though, and the various releases have shown correspondence from Laura to
Toberoff showing a frustration with his tactics.Laura also claims that both she and her
mother rejected the DC Comics deal well before they heard of Toberoff, but it’s
a fact that by the time they rejected the deal, Toberoff had signed up the
Shuster estate and had made a serious, unsolicited, approach to Michael
Siegel and by early 2002 Toberoff more than
likely had Joanne and Laura in his sights.Laura can say that Toberoff is fighting the good fight and has no desire
to control the Superman property, but the contracts still show that, if the
case is settled in favour of Laura Siegel Larson and the Shuster estate,
Toberoff will have the controlling share.That information is out there in black and white.As for the stolen documents, these documents
should have been disclosed as part of the discovery process anyway, but there
has been a block in place.As for the
amounts – we now know that the figures being thrown about show that the
Siegel’s would have realised in excess of $20,000,000 by now – peanuts compared
to what DC have been making, but it’s hardly an amount to sneeze at.DC were also paying Joanne Siegel over
$125,000 per year as a pension, plus medical benefits, until she passed away,
again, not an amazing amount, but more than a lot of people earn in this day
and age. I keep saying this to people - there is a lot more to this case than meets the eye, and there appears to be skullduggery on both sides of the fence.
It’ll be interesting to see
how the courts handle Laura’s ‘open letter’ as it’s highly unusual for a lawyer
in such a high profile case to allow a document of this type to be released
while the case is still in progress, but then not much about this case can be
considered to be conventional, including a veiled claim in a court filing by Toberoff that DC Comics is somehow supplying me, and using this blog, as a
conduit to publicise their case and smear his reputation.I’m sure if DC or Warners wanted to do either of those tasks then
they’d easily find a better outlet and, for the record, I’ve never
communicated with anyone involved in this case, about this case, other than a
few emails to Mark Waid regarding his deposition.Just thought I’d get that out there.
It wasn't always wine and roses though...here's just two documents detailing how Toberoff and the Siegels interacted at the beginning.
The final judgement has been handed down in the long running Gary Friedrich vs Marvel (Ghost Rider) case, and now we know the full amount that Friedrich owes Marvel. That's right, Marvel, a company that stands to make millions of dollars from the upcoming Ghost Rider II movie, and is paying Nicholas Cage millions to portray a character that Friedrich created, now wants money from Friedrich - in specific $17,000. And they'd like that $17,000 now, please. In full.
This stipulation has been agreed upon and so ordered by the court, with the final judgement reflecting all that contained within. This now means that Gary Friedrich has the right to appeal, and appeal he shall, but it also means that he now owes Marvel Comics, a multi-million dollar making machine, backed by the multi-billion dollar Disney company, $17,000 and cannot ever sell anything related to Ghost Rider, nor can he even say that he created Ghost Rider for any form of gain or advertising. Well done Marvel!! …
Was Yogi Bear gay or not? It's this kind of thing that keeps me wide awake in the middle of the night, clutching at the quilt, drowning in sweat and wishing that the ghosts inside of my head would just flee and leave me be. But they don't, so I instantly turn my thoughts into other realms.
Now, Yogi. On the surface of things he appears to be a normal bear. In the historical context of things he's just a cheap copy of Art Carney's Ed Norton (actually the Honeymooners was stolen better by Warner Brothers for their cartoon series featuring mice - Ralphy boy and his neighbour Martin).
Yogi used to hang around a place called Jellystone National Park and was, for the most part, obsessed by picnic baskets. Like a demented homeless person he relentlessly stalked people, slept on park benches, probably urinated in public, harassed people and stole whatever food and anything else that he could reach. All the time he was pursued by two people, the first being the anal retentive Ra…
Go and have a read, and, more importantly, pass the word on to everyone and anyone who is thinking of travelling anywhere and booking. First rule of thumb - NEVER pay anyone via a money transfer system such as Western Union or Moneygram. They assist the scammers, and once your money is gone, those companies couldn't care less. They've got their cut. Make sure you pay in such a way that you've got recourse - if it's a money transfer then it's a scam, as far as I'm concerned.