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LOS ANGELES, May 25: Stephen Slesinger, Inc. has filed an appeal in its long running battle with The Walt Disney Company over Winnie the Pooh royalty fees.

The Slesinger family claims that Disney owes it $700 million or more in royalty payments spanning 20 years. The 13-year-old case was dismissed last year by California Superior Court Judge Charles W. McCoy because more than a decade ago, an investigator for Slesinger's prior trial attorney inspected trash bins outside Disney offices and found documents related to the case.

Jerome B. Falk, Jr., lead counsel for Slesinger in the appeal, said, "The trial court's action was unprecedented and, I am convinced, incorrect. Slesinger had agreed to procedures that would have assured Disney a fair trial with no use of documents from its trash. Dismissal of the entire case was overkill, and deprived Slesinger of its day in court on claims that, even by Disney's public estimate, exposed it to hundreds of millions in damages."