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Tangled Trail Of Lawsuits In TV Family

LOS ANGELES (CN) - The owners of Hollywood production companies Barrump-Bump and Greg Garrison Productions have sued their late father's estate to recover millions they say their father siphoned from company accounts.

Greg Garrison's children, Patricia and Michael, own Barrump-Bump and Greg Garrison Productions; their father ran the companies as officer and director.

The companies own 26 episodes of the "Dean Martin Variety Show," and other TV properties.

Greg Garrison is accused of stealing from shareholders by licensing the episodes in his own name. His children say their father negotiated a DVD deal with production company Guthy-Renker, claiming to be the sole owner of the episodes.

The kids say Garrison kept them in the dark about the licensing agreement. Greg Garrison allegedly kept the resulting millions of dollars by diverting licensing fees to his own company, Black Horse Television.

In a later deal, Garrison allegedly included the rights to 91 other episodes of the "Variety Show." This time, the rights were owned by NBC.

Patricia and Michael say their father's estate should cover the costs and settlement from NBC's various copyright infringement lawsuits against Barrump-Bump and Greg Garrison Productions.

Finally, Garrison allegedly used a Frank Sinatra song without permission in several of the "Variety Shows," resulting in another lawsuit.

Patricia and Michael want more than $2 million from their father's estate, and indemnity from future lawsuits caused by their father's actions.

They are represented in Superior Court by Stephen Moeller with Valensi Rose.

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