The family feud over the use of using Jimi Hendrix’s fame to sell merchandise has ended with a settlement.
The latest family feud between Jimi Hendrix’s adopted sister, Janie Hendrix, and his brother, Leon Hendrix, over the Hendrix estate has been resolved.
The July settlement was not announced until this week. Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., which owns the rights to the Hendrix estate and is controlled by Janie Hendrix, settled out of court with HendrixLicensing.com, operated by Leon Hendrix and his partner, Andrew Pitsicalis, for damages associated with the sale of merchandise (T-shirts, posters, etc.) that capitalized on Hendrix’s fame.
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
The case dates from 2009, when Experience Hendrix and its affiliate, Authentic Hendrix, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging Pitsicalis and Leon Hendrix were committing trademark infringement.
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In May 2015, the court issued an injunction prohibiting Pitsicalis from using registered Hendrix trademarks for the advertising or sale of merchandise.
After that ruling, a jury trial for damages was still pending. The parties settled before the case went to trial and, on July 22, the court dismissed the case.
Leon Hendrix has been battling his sister in court since Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 without a will. When Jimi Hendrix’s father, James “Al” Hendrix, died in 2002, he left the estimated $80 million estate to Janie Hendrix. In 2007, the state Supreme Court upheld a 2004 King County verdict upholding the validity of Al Hendrix’s will.