A lawsuit has been filed by the estate of legendary designer George Nelson’s wife, Jacqueline Nelson, and son, Georges Mico Nelson, against Herman Miller Inc. and the nonprofit George Nelson Foundation alleging that they conspired to fraudulently obtain intellectual property rights for the late designer’s Bubble Lamp, as reported by news site MiBiz. The suit alleges that Herman Miller used the foundation to dupe Jacqueline Nelson into turning over the intellectual property, though she was in her 90s with “severely diminished mental and physical capacity” at the time. Herman Miller and the foundation have until November 22 to file formal responses to the claims. No further comments have been made by Herman Miller in this regard as the matter is sub judice.
The suit comes closely on the heels on a newly-formed US$1.8 million merger between Herman Miller and Knoll Inc, that has given birth to a new and bigger entity called MillerKnoll.
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