King Center, MLK Estate Fight

Overview


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.”