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Business litigation over Disney character moves forward

Though most businesses in Colorado and elsewhere will face at least one lawsuit over the course of their operations, lawsuits are not something to take lightly. Even when another company brings a claim that seems to have no support, it is important to treat it seriously. After all, frivolous lawsuits often come about when someone hopes to obtain compensation, and any misstep during business litigation could have negative outcomes for the defending company.

Recent reports stated that the Walt Disney Company is planning to defend against a lawsuit brought by K&K Productions. A statement from Disney indicated that the company believes the suit does not have merit. The dispute is over a character in the film "Toy Story 4." Duke Caboom, a toy daredevil voiced by Keanu Reeves, is the character in question, which K&K Productions claims is based on the late Evel Knievel.

K&K alleges that Disney violated its copyright to images, likenesses and other aspects of Evel Knievel. The company believes that Disney ripped off the likeness in order to generate revenue through the film. Disney denies the allegations and plans to defend against K&K's claims as the case moves forward.

Business litigation for copyright claims can be tricky to navigate. Even large Colorado companies need to carefully address such matters to ensure that a frivolous claim does not turn into a more substantial matter. Assessing the details, building a defense and much more can go into protecting a company and bringing unnecessary legal action to an end as quickly as possible.

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