Harper Lee Revives Lawsuit Against Hometown Museum
88-year-old 'Mockingbird' author says museum tried to change settlement
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 23, 2014 2:31 PM CDT
In this 2007 file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

(Newser) – The author of one of the most respected courtroom dramas of all time will get her day in court after all. A federal judge has reinstated Harper Lee's lawsuit against the museum in her hometown that she contends illegally profits off To Kill a Mockingbird, the Washington Post reports. The Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Alabama, made more than half a million dollars in 2011 selling Mockingbird-related merchandise, the lawsuit alleges.

The 88-year-old and the museum originally reached a settlement in February. But Lee asked a judge to reinstate the case this week, saying the museum was trying to change the deal. The judge agreed yesterday, putting the case back on its original schedule, with a trial set for November, Al.com reports. Last year, the museum said that "every single statement in the lawsuit is either false, meritless, or both," and that it had the right to honor Lee's legacy. The museum is located in the former courthouse where the film version of Mockingbird was shot, and until recently its web address was tokillamockingbird.com. (Lee has also been in a legal fight with a former literary agent.)

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Parker Gabriel
May 25, 2014 10:59 PM CDT
This wretch is as evil as J. D. Salinger was. She deserves to get slugged.
May 24, 2014 6:15 PM CDT
The museum has rights to display and sell trademarked material? 'Glad they didn't pick on George Lucas or J K Rolling...or the X-men. Then they'd find out quickly how lawyers got reputations of sharks and how it feels to be surrounded by folks who want your blood..
May 23, 2014 7:32 PM CDT
"To Kill a Mockingbird" was the first grown-up novel I ever read as a kid, at a time when watching peaceful demonstrators being beaten and worse was daily fare on the news. After this, there was no going back to the "Bobbsey Twins".