King Center, MLK Estate Fight


James Commons, representing the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in litigation over a 2007 licensing agreement for the center to use the intellectual property and possessions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., argued that Dexter King, one of Dr. King’s children, had « a quintessential conflict of interest » when he helped draft the agreement and signed it without presenting it to the center’s board of directors. Mr. Commons said the « purported license » gave Dexter King “an opportunity to monetize the King Center for his own financial benefit. »