Marvel Seeks To Strike Jury Demand in Kirby Family Suit

Memo to strike jury demand in Kirby family lawsuit with Marvel over termination of grants of copyright rights. “Claims for a declaration as to future ownership rights such as the parties seek here are quintessentially equitable in nature and not triable to a jury.”

Memo to Strike Jury Demand

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    Walt Disney’s proposed $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment may come with a headache: newly filed claims challenging Marvel’s long-term rights to some of its superhero characters.

    Heirs to the comic book artist Jack Kirby, a creator of characters and stories behind Marvel mainstays like “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four,” last week sent 45 notices of copyright termination to Marvel and Disney, as well as Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, and other companies that have been using the characters.