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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee wants to reinstate lawsuit against hometown museum

Posted May 20, 2014 1:15 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Harper Lee, author of the iconic trial novel To Kill a Mockingbird, wants to reinstate a federal lawsuit she had earlier agreed to settle.

Lee's suit, against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, alleged that the institution was profiting from using her name and the book's title without authorization on souvenirs it sells. A settlement of the 2013 legal action was announced earlier this year, but it isn't known whether a settlement agreement was actually signed, according to the Associated Press.

If a settlement agreement was signed, the 88-year-old author must now pursue a new legal action to enforce it rather than reinstate her suit, said U.S. District Judge William Steele in a Tuesday order.

Lawyers for both sides either declined or did not respond to requests for comment from the news agency.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Harper Lee settles suit against museum after judge calls defense argument ‘nebulous’"

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