Descendants Of Ralph Waldo Emerson Sue Emerson Over Naming Rights


On Friday morning, representatives from both the descendants of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emerson College gathered in the Massachusetts Supreme Court to settle a legal dispute involving the name Emerson College.

Randy Wallace Emerson, representative of the Ralph Waldo Emerson estate and great-great-great-great grandson of Ralph himself had this to say about the lawsuit:

“At no point did Grampy Ralph or anybody in the Emerson family grant express written consent to the college to use our late Ralph Waldo Emerson’s name or likeness,” declared Emerson.

Emerson added, “We’re hoping we can come to a reasonable settlement, however- we are fully prepared to also sue the pants off the MBTA and if that petition gains any more traction.”

At press time, Judge William Kennedy requested that bailiff Michael Williams check Wikipedia on his smartphone to verify that Ralph Waldo Emerson was indeed the founder of Emerson College.

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