Marlon Brando Estate And Harley-Davidson Settle Lawsuit About Brando Boots

On May 18, 2011, I reported that Brando Enterprises LP filed a suit against Harley-Davidson Inc.  (and Wolverine Worldwide Inc, which makes Harley shoes) and sought financial damages, including profits made as a result of the use without authorization of the Brando name for a pair of Harley Boots.

The Brando name had already been licensed to several companies making a range of products, including the Triumph motorcycle, which Brando rode in “The Wild One.” The companies said in a filing in federal court in California that they had settled their dispute, but did not disclose the terms of the settlement.

Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim declined to provide further details. Harley-Davidson should know better: its own licensing business is big, in 2011 generating $43.2 million selling the rights to use its name on many products including jewelry, clothing, toys, etc

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7 Responses to “Marlon Brando Estate And Harley-Davidson Settle Lawsuit About Brando Boots”


  1. 1 Brett Mar 7th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Like you wrote Cyril. Harley should know better!

  2. 2 viz Mar 7th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    HA HA!!! (nelson voice)

  3. 3 chopmonster66 Mar 7th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    hope they had to pay , pay ,pay and pay !!!!! serves them right…

  4. 4 Barry Brown Mar 7th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Lee Marvin was the cool guy in that movie not Brando. . Just goes to show you how little they know, anyway Brando rode a Triumph not a hawg.

  5. 5 UnknownRider Mar 7th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Sounds like a boner move to me. Bad motor company

  6. 6 DJ Mar 8th, 2012 at 5:11 am

    43.2 million in licensing is a nice chunk of change… That is allot of gas stations with lighters and hole in the wall store fronts with bandana’s

  7. 7 Gas Man Mar 9th, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Handing a bi%ch slap to HD from the grave. NOW that is talent!!

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