Dwayne McDuffie/Milestone Media 2.0 Lawsuit Settled
In August 2017, it was announced that Charlotte McDuffie was suing the founders of Milestone Media 2.0 over rights held by original co-founder of Milestone, her late husband Dwayne McDuffie. Milestone 2.0 was announced back in 2015, a revival of the original multi-racial focused Milestone Media superhero comics line published by DC Comics in the nineties, from Reggie Hudlin, and original Milestone co-founders Denys Cowan, and Derek Dingle (but not Michael Davis). The lawsuit stated that despite the revival's genesis taking place at his wake, the new group left McDuffie's estate out of the new deal despite McDuffie owning half the Milestone rights and defendant Cowan owning the other half. Suing for compensatory damages, punitive damages, legal costs, saying,
Defendants Hudlin, Cowan, and Dingle at that point began a conspiracy to deprive the representatives and beneficiaries of McDuffie's estate of information and assets to which they were entitlted. Defendants Hudlin, Cowan, and Dingle engaged in this conspiracy to enrich themselves, all at the expense of McDuffie's heirs.
DC Comics has repeatedly announced a revival and return of Milestone Media to DC Comics, but there has been no mention since the lawsuit. But not it transpires that the involved parties have reached a settlement. MyNewsLA reported that attorneys for Charlotte McDuffie filed a notice of settlement, but the official Dwayne McDuffie Facebook Page run by family and friends reports;
IMPORTANT NOTE: No idea who wrote this article, but FYI all: when brought to Charlotte's attention, she was confused by its negative tone about such a POSITIVE outcome for ALL involved!!
TLDR: Charlotte says this is GOOD news!!
The article reports that attorneys for Charlotte McDuffie filed a notice of settlement. Charlotte also launched a GoFundMe to fund The Dwayne McDuffie Foundation, which will be,
a non-profit organization to award academic scholarships for diverse students. The fund will also continue to keep Dwayne's vision alive by managing and maintaining an archival website for research purposes, and applying on behalf of Dwayne's fans for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dwayne is also featured in the recently-published Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History book by Vashti Harrison alongside lawman Bass Reeves, artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.