April 27, 2010
Posted: 02:45 PM ET
by Marilyn Sparks
The Michael Jackson Estate, with the help of a Federal judge, has just put the screws to a scam looking to fleece Jackson fans by selling merchandise under the name "Heal the World Foundation" and suggesting an affiliation with the late "King of Pop."
Using MJ's name, image, and likeness, Melissa Johnson found herself on the wrong end of an injunction and is being forced to shut down.
TMZ reports the judge presiding over the case ruled that Johnson's websites "convey to consumers a false affiliation with Michael Jackson."
Court documents also reveal that the defendant has attempted to register 40 trademarks with an MJ connection.
Though the pop star did operate a legitimate "Heal the World Foundation" in the past, it has been inactive for years.
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