Franklin Mint Co. won a court judgment for $2.3 million in lawyers’ fees from the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in the charity’s unsuccessful effort to keep the keepsake-maker from selling Princess of Diana dolls, Bloomberg news reported Sept. 14.
U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ordered the charity to reimburse Franklin for the cost of defending itself against “groundless and unreasonable” claims that it had diluted Princess Diana’s trademark name and violated her estate’s right to publicity, Franklin said in a news release.
Cooper in June dismissed the claims against Franklin, and the estate appealed unsuccessfully.
Franklin said it gave more than $4 million of the proceeds from the sale of Princess Diana collectibles to charity.
The charity was set up to honor Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in a car crash in 1997.
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