A state appeals court in California reinstated WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? novelist Gary K. Wolf's lawsuit against Walt Disney Co., claiming that Disney owes Wolf millions of dollars in merchandising royalties, reported the ASSOCIATED PRESS. This lawsuit is very similar to the one brought against Disney by the Slesinger family, owners of the WINNIE THE POOH copyright.
The suit claims Disney owes Wolf a 5% royalty from non-cash licensing agreements, but Disney claims Wolf's agreement was only for cash transactions. The 2001 suit was originally thrown out by a lower court.
Disney attorney Martin Katz said, "The ruling throws the matter back to the lower court, where he expects the company will win again."