Bob Marley Heirs Sue Half-Brother in US over Name

December 2, 2011 - 1:40 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae. The widow and nine children of Bob Marley are suing his half-brother in Florida to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and other businesses.

The lawsuit contends businessman Richard Booker and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley's name and other intellectual property.

That includes the annual Nine Mile Music Festival in Miami and a tour business at the Nine Mile area of Jamaica, where Marley grew up and is buried.

Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

The federal lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale seeks unspecified damages and to stop unauthorized use of Marley's name.

Booker did not immediately return a call Friday seeking comment.