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Allan Chen’s famous pingpongs were all made by the Chinese company PingPong, but when the singer died in 2007, his widow left the company with no will or estate, which is illegal in China.
Today, the company is in bankruptcy and Chen’s son, Peter, is suing PingPongs for millions.
Now, the family has filed a class action lawsuit against the company for wrongful death, breach of contract, and copyright infringement.
The family alleges that the pingpings infringed on the rights of the Song dynasty, which had ruled China from the 12th century until the Ming Dynasty in the 18th century.
The pingpies, named after a Chinese river, were invented by a man named Wang Zhen, who was one of China’s most influential and famous artists, according to the complaint.
Peter Chen and his family sued PingPies for wrongful loss of earnings, breach-of-contract, and the unauthorized use of their copyright.
“We are now hoping that this case will bring justice for the Song family and Peter Chen,” said attorney Peter Muehl, a partner at New York law firm D.C. McMeel & PLLC.
“These are all things that we have seen in the past that the Song Family, particularly Peter Chen, have tried to fight.
This is the first time we have had to go in to a court, and we will do everything in our power to help the Song Dynasty.”
The Song dynasty ruled China until 1632, when Emperor Sun Tzu led the country against the Mongols.
The Song were the first to develop the telegraph, and they established a system of trade and communication called the Han language.
“When I hear about ping pong, I think of the first pingpoung, of the ping poung which came to me,” Chen said in a statement to ABC News.
“It’s a very special kind of music.
I can never imagine the music of a ping poo.
I have seen it in my dreams, but I have never heard it in person.”
According to the lawsuit, Wang Zhan patented the ping Pong in 1866.
In 1872, he died and the pingPongs patent expired.
“At the end of his life, his son, who had a different father, began to make ping pongs for his father,” the lawsuit states.
“Peter Chen and the Wang family sued Wang Zeng for wrongful use of the copyright and infringement of their intellectual property.”
In 2007, the court ordered the company to pay $9.6 million in damages to the Song Estate.
PingPings, meanwhile, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011.
The company is still operating in China, and a representative for the company did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit also alleges that PingPics profits from the sale of pingpucks went to the Chinese government, but that the company has not received any government grants or loans from China.
The PingPunks also want to hold PingPets employees liable for damages, and to receive a refund of any damages they may have suffered from the ping-pong.
“They were a family, and I believe that they should have received the benefit of a proper estate and be compensated for their losses,” Peter Chen said.
“The pingpicks are a gift to the world.
They should be made into a piece of art, not a toy.
I believe they deserve the benefit that they were denied.”