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Sam M. Walton, chairman and founder of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / Handout

Today in the ugly lawsuit department: Walmart and the Walton family are suing for the rights to photo negatives, some half-a-century old, in what has been classified as "a total David vs. Goliath situation."

The story goes like this: Robert Huff-who owned a photography studio in Fayetteville, Ark., near where Sam Walton and his family lived-and son David snapped hundreds of shots of the Waltons over the years.

Now, the Waltons want total control over them. They're suing David's widow, Helen Huff, for all negatives, proofs, and prints of the photos, dating from 1950 to 1994, to prevent them from being used for commercial purposes, the Washington Post reports.

Walmart and the family intend to use some of the photos-of its founder, the original Walmart board of directors, and the Walmart visitor's center-in the Walmart Museum, and argue the material was only kept by the studio "as a courtesy," the Professional Photographers of America notes.

The Post and the Arkansas Times explain the question at the center of the case: When the photos were snapped, who was the boss?

Huff says her husband and father-in-law were independent contractors who used their own equipment and managed all the aspects of the shoots and film processing; the Waltons claim the shoots occurred under their "supervision," making it an employer-employee relationship. The case will be heard in Arkansas federal court July 7.

(Related: Walmart is taking flak for the fees collected by banks that operate within the chain.)

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