John Wayne’s heirs sue Duke University over the name ‘Duke’

July 9, 2014 8:47 PM

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — John Wayne’s heirs are suing Duke University over the family’s right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star’s nickname, “Duke.”

According to multiple media reports, a federal lawsuit filed last week in Santa Ana is the most recent installment of a long-running legal battle between the university and California-based John Wayne Enterprises over commercial products featuring the name.

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