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'Mockingbird' author's settlement with museum off

Attorney: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author's settlement with Alabama museum is off

'Mockingbird' author's settlement with museum off

MONROEVILLE, Alabama (AP) -- A lawsuit settlement between "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee and a museum in her Alabama hometown has failed.

An attorney for Lee filed court papers Monday seeking reinstatement of a suit she filed against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville.

Lee's attorney told the court in February that a settlement had been reached over the museum's use of Lee's name and book title on souvenirs it sells. Her attorney, Norman Stockman, notified the court Monday that the museum won't proceed with the settlement without additional terms not previously agreed to by the parties.

U.S. District Judge William Steele issued an order Tuesday saying he needs to know whether a settlement agreement was signed. If it was, the judge says Lee must pursue a separate action to enforce it.