Comedy singer ELMO SHROPSHIRE is facing legal action over a $1 million (GBP500,000) deal to sell merchandise from a 2000 animated TV programme based on his hit song GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER. The musician - who sang the 1979 hit with his then-wife Patsy - is being sued by the Fred Rappaport Company which contends it has the rights to use the song for products like musical trucks, bobbleheads and snow globes. It claims it acquired those specific rights under a 2004 settlement of a lawsuit filed by Shropshire. In the new lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the company claims Shropshire improperly sent cease-and-desist letters to two companies that made a deal with Rappaport to market products featuring characters from the animated show. The company is seeking $2 million (GBP1 million) in damages. But Shropshire claims he is legally enforcing his rights to the song. He says, "(Rappaport) can sell any characters he wants from the movie. But I own the copyright from the song. He can't use the song without my permission. "The song preceded the (animated) show by 20 years. There are a number of companies that license that song from us to make toys and to make CDs and to make a number of things. They're not going to feel so good if we allow someone else to use it for free."