Toymaker Sued Over One of the World’s Most Popular Games

Nov 13, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Hasbro was hit with a huge lawsuit over a board game that’s been a fixture of family life for decades. The toymaker is accused of cutting the widow of a toy inventor out of $2 million or more in royalties for the popular board game Life, the AP reports.

The suit filed by Lorraine Markham accuses Hasbro and another toy inventor, Reuben Klamer, of working together to deny her husband, Bill Markham, of his legacy of creating the game. Klamer reportedly has taken full credit for its invention.

“Markham is seeking a declaration from the U.S. District Court in Providence that her husband was the sole creator of the game and that the company he left her owns the game outright,” the story reports. “The lawsuit, filed last month, also seeks a complete accounting from Hasbro on what is owed.”

Klamer has reportedly filed a countersuit claiming he is the sole creator of the game, which has sold more than 30 million copies and is one of the most popular board games in history.

Lorraine Markham alleges in the lawsuit that her husband invented the game in 1959. Bill Markham died in 1993.

Hasbro has been given until Dec. 18 to respond to the suit.

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