Officials at the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust launched the lawsuit in the U.S. in an attempt to ban Rick Norsigian from selling images they do not endorse.
Norsigian claims to have paid just $45 (£30) for the negatives at a garage sale in California back in 2000, while his lawyers maintain experts have verified their authenticity and valued them at $200 million (£133 million).
Estate bosses are demanding any profits made from sales, alleging trademark infringement, false advertising and trademark dilution, among other claims.
Bill Turnage, managing director of Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, says, "I'm sure Ansel never would've imagined a scam on this scale. I never thought it would come to this, but we have to try to do our duty to protect his work and reputation."
But Norsigian's lawyer Arnold Peter is adamant the case has "no merit", adding: "We are disappointed that the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust has decided to resort to the courts in order to resolve what, in our view, is a debate that should be resolved by art and forensic experts."
Painter Rick Norsigian claims to have paid just $45 (£30) for the negatives at a garage sale in California back in 2000.
A team of experts spent six months examining the items and reportedly concluded the 65 negatives were taken by the famed snapper, who died in 1984.
Norsigian has since spoken of his shock, telling reporters, "When I heard that $200 million, I got a little weak."
But bosses at the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust are calling into question the haul's authenticity - and are even considering legal action against Norsigian for using Adams' name for commercial use.
Bill Turnage, managing director of Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, says, "It's an unfortunate fraud. It's very distressing."
The landscape photographer's relatives aren't convinced either.
Matthew Adams, the photographer's grandson, said: "There is no real hard evidence. I'm sceptical."
Hollywood icons John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor were inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Wednesday in celebration of their ties to the state.
The Hall of Fame was launched by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver in 2006 in collaboration with the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts to honor individuals who have made their mark on history.
Baseball players Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays were also inducted into the Hall of Fame this week.
But some of California's most famed inhabitants, like Marilyn Monroe, have yet to be presented with the accolade.
Defending the list of inductees, Schwarzenegger says, "It is very, very hard because we have so many great talents in California."
The event at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento lured all of the living inductees to attend except Taylor, 75, who failed to show up at the last minute.
Many of those honored on Wednesday spent only part of their lives in the Golden State, such as London-born Taylor and the late Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, who hailed from Georgia.
Californian natives inducted this year included author John Steinbeck, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, golf superstar Tiger Woods and photographer Ansel Adams.
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Fahrenheit may air on election eve
Filmmaker Michael Moore wants to bring his anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 to pay-per-view television on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Reuters reports. The plan under discussion would present the movie as part of a three-hour telecast titled The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special, carried by pay-TV distributor iN Demand Networks, a source close to the Fellowship Adventure Group, which holds rights to the film, told Reuters. The Nov. 1 program would air between 8 and 11 pm EST, with the pay-per-view giant charging $9.95 for the telecast. The controversial documentary, which won the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or in May, was released on home video last week, selling 2 million DVD copies on its first day, Reuters reports.
John auctions off photos
Elton John is teaming up with Christie's to auction off a collection of photographs taken by some of the world's most famous photographers, such as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe and a Man Ray rayograph, The Associated Press reports, which the auction house says is regarded as one of the leading private ones in the world. Christie's expects Mapplethorpe's 1987 photo "Calla Lilly" to go for as much as $50,000. The Adams photo, 1942's "Tetons and the Snake River" to snag as much as $45,000. John has collected photographs since 1991.
Real-life Dazed and Confused classmates sue
Three former high school classmates--Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater and Richard "Pink" Floyd--filed a lawsuit in New Mexico against director Richard Linklater, claiming they have suffered embarrassment and ridicule because of characters based on them in the movie Dazed and Confused, AP reports. The 1993 cult classic follows the drug-and-alcohol-fueled hijinks of teenagers on the last day of school in May 1976. The lawsuit claims Linklater did not get the three men's permission before creating the negative characters that share their surnames and likenesses, making their lives miserable and causing their neighbors to think poorly of them. "We had fun in high school, but there is nothing true about that movie. Yet, I am having to deal with it all the time," Floyd told AP. All three live in Huntsville, Texas, where they went to high school: Floyd works at a car dealership, Slater runs a construction and remodeling company and Wooderson works in the technology sector.
Producer Kelley unlikely to work with Pfeiffer
Hollywood producer David E. Kelley, who is married to actress Michelle Pfeiffer, doesn't expect his wife to join him on any of his upcoming projects, including his Practice spin-off series Boston Legal. "She would be great. The trick would be convincing her to ever work with me. Even though I might be able to persuade her that other people are running the show, she might not quite believe that I would completely stay out of the process," said Kelley, who has created hits such as Ally McBeal and Boston Public. "We made one rule that we would try not to work together if possible," he told AP. "For example, I wrote a feature a year ago that I thought she would happen to be right for. She read it, she liked it, and the next day I was fired off the project."
The Osbournes host charity fundraiser
The Osbournes opened the doors to their Beverly Hills, Calif., home last week to host "An Evening at Home With the Osbournes," a charity dinner featuring Elton John to benefit both the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Reuters reports. George Lucas, Robin Williams, Tori Spelling (with new husband, Charlie Shanian), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Quincy Jones, John Stamos, Matt Stone and Trey Parker were in attendance, while Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally served as auctioneers for a live auction. Among the items up for bid were a puppy, bought by the Osbournes for $16,000, and a not-available-yet-on-the-West Coast Aston Martin, purchased by Lance Bass for $200,000, Reuters reports.
West, Lil Jon dominate Source awards
Rapper-producers Kanye West and Lil Jon dominated the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami on Sunday with three prizes each, AP reports. West, who led the nominees with seven nods, won awards for breakthrough artist of the year, album of the year for The College Dropout and video of the year for "Through The Wire." Lil Jon, meanwhile, won the R&B/rap collaboration category with Usher and Ludacris for "Yeah," which Lil Jon produced. He also took home awards for producer of the year and for collaborating with the Youngbloodz on the single "Damn." Chingy won single of the year by a solo artist and remix of the year for "Right Thur," while Terror Squad took home group single and best female rap collaboration with Remy Ma for "Lean Back." The Source Awards will air Nov. 30 on BET.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.