Lawsuit filed over Little House museum in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. _ A California production firm is suing the Little House on the Prairie museum on the southeast Kansas homestead where Laura Ingalls Wilder once lived.

Friendly Family Productions filed a lawsuit last week against Little House on the Prairie Inc., which runs a small museum on a farm outside Independence. The suit claims trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution.

Museum President Jean Schodorf and her brother, Bill Curtis, own the farm that was at the center of the Little House on the Prairie book. In a telephone interview Monday, she said the museum owns two trademarks with that name.

An attorney for Friendly Family Productions did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.