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Collateral Estoppel in a Web of Cases
Stan Lee Media, Inc. v. Walt Disney Co., 774 F.3d 1292, 113 U.S.P.Q.2d 1392 (10th Cir. 2014). In 1998, comic-book legend Stan Lee assigned his rights in various characters he created while working at Marvel to Stan Lee Media. Later that year, Stan Lee also entered into an agreement with Marvel assigning his rights to the characters. In 2001, Stan Lee repudiated the first agreement, contending that Stan Lee Media committed material breach. the defendant Disney claims ownership of the characters through their purchase of Marvel, and plaintiff Stan Lee Media claimed ownership of a number of popular comic book characters such as Spider Man and Iron Man.
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