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'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee settles lawsuit with Alabama museum

By Daniel S Levine,

Harper Lee, the author of the iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has settled a lawsuit she filed last fall against a museum in her Alabama hometown. She sued the museum over its sale of souvenirs with her name and the title of her novel.

In October, Lee’s suit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum alleged that the museum was clearly trying to cash in on its connection to her and To Kill A Mockingbird. The lawsuit alleged that the museum made $500,000 in 2012.

However, the suit has ended in a settlement. On Tuesday, her attorney filed a motion in federal court, confirming that the two sides came to a deal, reports The Associated Press.

Financial details were not released and museum spokesman Matthew Goforth would not comment. A judge has also not approved the settlement yet.

To Kill A Mockingbird remains Lee’s only published novel. The story, about prejudice in the Jim Crow South, was turned into a classic film with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The museum was selling items related to the book and also featured a recreation of the Monroe County Courthouse in the film and book.

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