Princess Diana died 13 years ago, but litigation involving her image was given new life on Monday. A split California appeals court reinstated Franklin Mint's malicious prosecution lawsuit against Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, the firm that sued Franklin for hawking plates and other collectibles bearing the likeness of the so-called People's Princess. Writing for the majority, Justice Thomas Willhite said Manatt had no probable cause to bring trademark dilution or false advertising claims against Franklin.
Malicious Prosecution Suit Revived Against Manatt
May 5, 2010