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Brando estate, Harley settle boot-name scuffle

Marlon Brando stars as a member of a motorcycle gang member in the 1953 classis "The Wild One."

The estate of Marlon Brando and Harley-Davidson backed down from their legal brawl over a boot that bears the late actor's name.

Brando Enterprises LP and Harley -- along with Wolverine Worldwide Inc., which makes the boot -- on Monday agreed to settle a suit over the unlicensed use of the Brando name on a Harley-branded boot that resembled the ones Brando wore when he played Johnny Strabler in the 1953 movie "The Wild One."

The film, in which Brando sported sideburns, a black leather jacket and calf-high black leather boots with buckles, helped launch Brando's career as a Hollywood icon; he also starred in films including "The Godfather" and "A Streetcar Named Desire."

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.


Brando Enterprises LP and Harley -- along with Wolverine, which makes the boot -- agreed to settle the suit.

Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim declined to provide further details. Representatives of Brando Enterprises and Wolverine Worldwide could not be reached for immediate comment.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker has an extensive licensing business, and last year generated $43.2 million selling the rights to use its name on products including T-shirts, jewelry and toys.

When it first filed the suit in May 2011, Brando Enterprises sought financial damages, including profits made as a result of the use of the Brando name. It noted that the Brando name had already been licensed to several companies making a range of products, including the Triumph motorcycle, whiInswech Brando rode in"The Wild One."

The case is Brando Enterprises LP v. Harley-Davidson,Wolverine Worldwide et al, U.S. District Court, District of California, No. 11-5473.

Reuters contributed to this report.