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Brand ‘Maradona’ returns to the attorney and sisters of ’10’

Brand ‘Maradona’ returns to the attorney and sisters of ’10’

The Argentine justice reversed a ruling that suspended the use of the ‘Maradona’ brand by the lawyer Matías Morla and the sisters of the legendary ex-footballer Diego Maradona who died in November 2020.

In a 13-page ruling to which the AFP had access, the National Chamber of Criminal and Correctional Appeals gave the reason this Friday to Morla, who will be able to re-market the name and other nicknames and pseudonyms referring to the former world champion in Mexico-1986, including Diego Maradona, Maradona, D10S, El Diez, La mano de Dios and El Diego.

On March 31, the courts had prohibited Morla from using those marks in a case initiated as heirs by Dalma and Gianinna Maradona, the two daughters that the former soccer player had with his ex-wife Claudia Villafañe, with whom he had a legal dispute over goods.

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According to the record, these trademarks are registered in the National Institute of Industrial Property in the name of Sattvica SA, a company formed by Morla and his brother-in-law in June 2015, six months after Maradona issued a power of attorney for the representation and commercial use of those nominations.

The power of attorney in favor of Morla had been signed in December 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where the ‘Pelusa’ resided and was a coach. Later, Morla gave them to Sattvica.

Hardly confronted, Morla and the two daughters of the former Napoli and Barcelona player accuse each other on social networks.

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They asked that he be investigated for alleged fraudulent administration and fraud and the lawyer, in turn, denounced Dalma and Gianinna for “digital harassment”, who will be investigated next Thursday.

Maradona died on November 25 at the age of 60, in a rented house in a private neighborhood north of Buenos Aires, where he was recovering after an operation for a bruise on his head.

In a parallel case, the criminal justice is investigating whether the death is part of a “simple homicide with eventual intent”, that is, if the professionals in charge of his health did not change his treatment despite the fact that they should have known that it was ineffective and could lead to his death.

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In this case, Maradona’s five sisters were legally represented by Morla, but he was recently dismissed by the courts on suspicion that he was simultaneously advising two of the accused, the neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and the psychologist Carlos Díaz.

The trial for Maradona’s inheritance is processed in another civil court.

In addition to Dalma (33) and Gianinna (32), Maradona had Diego Junior (34), whom he recognized after denying him the bond for 29 years; Jana (24), from a relationship with Valeria Sabalain, and Diego Fernando, 7, her youngest son with Ojeda. AFP (HN)

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