J.C. Lee and Stan Lee
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Acting in her capacity as Trustee of her father Stan Lee’s survivor’s trust, Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee has filed a lawsuit against POW! Entertainment over intellectual property created by her father.
“This is an action to vindicate the creator rights and brand of Stan Lee, the most influential and successful creator of superhero characters in history,” states the complaint, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “It is an effort to fulfill the covenant Stan Lee made with his namesake company and to remedy the wrongs inflicted by trusted business associates over the last two decades.”
In 2018, prior to his death, Stan Lee filed a $1 billion lawsuit against POW! which was later dropped. In August 2019, J.C. Lee sought to sever ties with POW! and its parent company Camsin International, which acquired POW! in May 2017.
“When Stan Lee died in November 2017, his daughter, as his only heir and Trustee of his Estate, gathered a forensic team of lawyers and accountants to investigate the facts surrounding the actions of Stan Lee’s supposed partners with whom Lee had stopped communicating during the last year of his life,” continues the complaint. “In so doing, it was learned the extent to which the rights to Stan Lee’s intellectual property had been looted, muddied and entangled by POW! and a range of bad actors enabled by POW!.”
Lee is asking for full reversion of all of Stan Lee’s IP from POW!, a voiding of all rights agreements between Stan Lee and POW!, “compensatory damages, plus interest” of an unspecified amount, court costs, and any further relief which the court might deem appropriate.