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Michael Jackson's estate sues popcorn maker

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The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, and Triumph International Inc., a company controlled by the executors, allege that GourmetGiftBaskets.Com’s company is a trademark violation. (Reuters)

It’s hard to image that Michael Jackson would ever be confused with popcorn.

But the KingOfPop.com, a company that sells gourmet popcorn in tins, is being sued by Michael Jackson’s estate because executors say the name is too similar to one of the late singer's most famous monikers, reports TMZ.

In a complaint filed in the Central District of California last week, the executors of Jackson’s estate, and Triumph International Inc., a company controlled by the executors that holds many of the estate’s publicity and trademark rights, allege that GourmetGiftBaskets.Com’s domain name is a trademark violation.  

The KingOfPop.com, which sells flavors like Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Strawberry Shortcake, and Dark Chocolate Caramel, was started in 2012 after executives bought the domain name of a former Michael Jackson fan website. 

The estate claims the site tried to defend its use of the popular singer's name by saying the word "pop" is a "nickname for popcorn products."

Jackson's estate wants the KingOfPop site shut down and is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.