TOKYO (AP) — Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission.
The lawsuit filed in Tokyo last month does not seek money but demands the actions to stop. It names Ryosuke Matsuura and three companies, Michael Jackson Asian Rights, Michael Jackson Enterprises and Michael Jackson World.
Yutaka Fujino, an executive at one of the companies, said Wednesday he wanted to study the AP's questions before commenting.
Estate attorney Kensuke Ambe says Matsuura is contesting the allegations. Matsuura did not answer repeated calls.
The estate said it wants to protect its legitimate partners and preserve Jackson's legacy.
Jackson died in California in 2009 from an anesthetic overdose.