Sunday, September 19, 2021

Two Aunt Jemima Heirs Get Their $3 Billion Lawsuits Tossed by Judge

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*Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Last August, two men – Dannez W. Hunter and Larnell Evans, Jr. – who claimed to be the great-grandsons of Anna Short Harrington, who portrayed syrup and pancake figurehead Aunt Jemima filed suit against PepsiCo and the Quaker Oats Company, claiming that the defendants had failed to pay royalties to Harrington’s estate and stole Harrington’s pancake formula in an act of “industrial espionage.”

In a nutshell, the suit , which the pair pair had sought a total of $3 billion, with $1 billion of that in equity stocks, was thrown out.

On Wednesday in Chicago, U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss, which contended that Hunter and Evans had failed to state a claim.

“Plaintiffs do not allege that they are authorized to act as executors or administrators of Harrington’s estate, or even that such an estate exists (or ever existed),” Chang wrote. “The only information about Plaintiffs’ connection to Harrington provided by the amended complaint is an account of how Hunter received a photograph (now lost) of Harrington from his grandmother and of Plaintiffs’ attempt to locate Harrington’s grave in Syracuse, New York.”

The lawsuit cited Screen Actors Guild residuals and standard policies in the entertainment industry regarding revenue statements, which neither Harrington nor her heirs ever received. It wasn’t until they uncovered in 2013 that Quaker Oats had trademarked Harrington’s likeness and picture in 1937 that the family determined that they were owed royalties. Harrington died in 1955.

But Judge Chang found that the statute of limitations for Hunter and Evans’ claims had long ago expired.

 

Two Aunt Jemima Heirs Get Their $3 Billion Lawsuits Tossed by Judge

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting. During the early part 20th century, there were many regional “Aunt Jemima’s” who’d have cooking demonstrations from coast to coast to increase sales. I knew of a lady named Miss Janey Scruggs from Englewood, New Jersey who was an east coast advertiser. The history books will never cite her and people have forgotten her. She was “The Mother Teresa” of Englewood. She’d cook food and house the homeless in her large house which was actually Bullock’s Funeral Home. I watched this lady from afar and was reminded that there are still some wonderful, caring human beings who walk this earth. She was a poor woman in finance BUT a zillionaire in love for the oppressed and downtrodden. God Bless you Miss Janey!!! Tell the Angels, “Hello” Fanteeking of Cape Coast

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