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'Aunt Jemima' heirs file $2 billion lawsuit seeking royalties

Bottles of PepsiCo Inc. Aunt Jemima syrup are displayed for sale at a ShopRite Holdings Ltd. grocery store in Stratford, Connecticut.
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Bottles of PepsiCo Inc. Aunt Jemima syrup are displayed for sale at a ShopRite Holdings Ltd. grocery store in Stratford, Connecticut.

The great grandson of Anna Short Harrington, the woman who became "Aunt Jemima," has filed a class action lawsuit against PepsiCo, The Quaker Oats Co., Pinnacle Foods Group, and The Hillshire Brands Co. on behalf of her great grandchildren, according to a report by The Wrap.

The suit seeks $2 billion, in addition to punitive damages.

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D.W. Hunter alleges that the companies conspired to deny that Harrington had been an employee of Quaker Oats and exploiting her image and recipes for profit, but have refused to pay an "equitable fair share of royalties" to her heirs, the Wrap reported.

Click here to read the complete story on The Wrap.

By CNBC