Following an October trademark infringement ruling that went in their favor , the estate of Jimi Hendrix has reached a $3.2 million settlement with the
Following an October trademark infringement ruling that went in their favor, the estate of Jimi Hendrix has reached a $3.2 million settlement with the loser of that suit, Electric Hendrix. This company was headed by a local real estate developer named Craig Dieffenbach, who tried to market a vodka named after the late rock god, which the estate called a "sick joke."
The ruling represents another sad chapter in the ongoing legal battle involving Jimi's stepsister, Janie, and his brother, Leon, who was cut out of Jimi's estate five years before their father's death in 2002, and lost a subsequent lawsuit against his stepsister (who seized control of most of the estate once Al Hendrix died) to try and regain a slice of the family's multi-million dollar pie. That unsuccessful suit was bankrolled by Dieffenbach. While press reports at the time Experience Hendrix's trademark suit was filed mentioned Leon as Dieffenbach's ally in the endeavor, Leon categorically denies having had a hand in launching the vodka venture. Reached via phone in Beverly Hills, Dieffenbach disputes this claim, saying Leon was "in on it from the very fricking beginning." Nevertheless, a Hendrix Foundation spokesperson believes that Jimi's younger brother will not be held responsible for any of the $3.2 million.