updated 10/14/2008 4:36:12 PM ET 2008-10-14T20:36:12

The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King are facing off in an Atlanta courtroom, at odds over personal papers of her mother that could factor into a lucrative book deal.

It is one of three separate lawsuits in recent months among the surviving King children: The Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King.

In Tuesday's case, Dexter King, as the head of his father's estate, is seeking his mother's papers, which are currently in his sister's possession.

Bernice King is refusing to turn over the papers, claiming her mother did not want to participate in the $1.4 million book deal.

New York-based Penguin Group is threatening to pull the deal this week without the documents.

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