Victory for Warner Bros. in 'Hobbit' Legal Battle with Tolkien Estate

Warner Bros. has won a round in its ongoing battle with the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien over ancilliary profits from "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit."

A federal judge on Thursday rejected the estate's bid to dismiss a counterclaim by the studio and the Saul Zaentz Co. that said they had lost millions of dollars in licensing and merchandising fees because the Tolkien camp filed a legal challenge over their right to use the movies' characters in slot machines and online games.



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