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The Associated Press May 17, 2011, 7:56PM ET

Brando trust sues Harley-Davidson for using name

A trust that oversees the use of the late actor Marlon Brando's name said Tuesday that it has sued Harley-Davidson Motor Co. for the unlicensed use of Brando's name on a line of boots.

Brando Enterprises is seeking an injunction to stop Harley-Davidson from misappropriating the Brando name. It also seeks punitive damages and any profits Harley-Davidson has made from the use of Brando's name, according to a copy of the lawsuit that was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

A telephone message seeking comment was left with Harley-Davidson. The company didn't have a "Brando" boot among the 27 types of men's boots in its online store on Tuesday, but a pair of Harley-Davidson "Brando" boots was selling for $139.95 on The lawsuit says the boots look similar to a pair that Brando wore in the 1953 film "The Wild One."

Marlon Brando died in 2004. The lawsuit said Brando Enterprises has authorized the use of his name in connection with Triumph motorcycles, MasterCard, Dolce & Gabbana and other brands.

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