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CRACKDOWN COMING UP ON SIMPSON ITEMS

Simpson fans, get those T-shirts, mugs and posters while they last.

Because if Twentieth Century Fox has its way, Simpson novelty items won't be as readily available here as they have been in the past.Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising is suing 14 area businesses and their owners for selling unlicensed Simpson goodies.

The California company wants a federal judge here to ban local business from selling the bootleg items.

The company also wants the local stores to turn over the Simpson items or pay $100,000 each. In addition, Twentieth Century Fox is seeking $1 million in punitive damages.

The half-hour animated television series "The Simpsons" has appeared on Fox Broadcasting Co. affiliates since late 1989.

Use of Simpson characters violates Twentieth Century's copyright and trademark, and is unfair competition, the company contends.

Neither Twentieth Century nor its 1,000 licensees produced the items that were sold by the Utah businesses and individuals, the suit says.

Those accused of illegally selling non-licensed Simpsons merchandise are: Surplus Savers Inc., Midvale; David J. Avila and his business, Baseball Cards America, West Jordan; Elvin G. Allen and Coin & Collectibles, Salt Lake City; Russ Slowe and Crazy Horse Indian Jewelry, Ogden; Darrel A. and Beth M. Pehrson and Stereo Connection, West Valley City;

Brad Magnuson and The Card Connection, Ogden; Robert Dugins and Dugins West, Park City; Sung Yowng Lee and Young World, Roy; Yowng Soo and Young's Exotic Gifts, Layton; Sun-Pok Atwood and Uni's Gifts, Ogden; M. David Hansen, Charles W. Ellis, Leslie R. Schofield and The Best Darn Card Shop in America, Sandy; Gabe Soto, Kearns; O. Hyok Hwan, O. Kun Cha and Ossine's Shoes & Gifts, West Jordan;

Sok Sun Hanka, Provo; Frank R. Boyce, West Valley City; OK Pun McLean, Salt Lake City; G. Lee Berge, Orem; Steve Mitchell and House of Cards and Coins, Salt Lake City; Sanders Coins and Cards, Ogden.