Pfeiffer, Bullock, Keaton & Moore Sue Over Image Use In Electornics Ads
First Published: January 23, 2009 3:50 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Michelle Pfeiffer, Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore and Sandra Bullock are gearing up to star together – in court.
The four women banded together recently, filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against CompUSA, TigerDirect, Systemax and Global Computer Supplies, claiming the companies use their images to sell electronic products.
According to the January 20 lawsuit, obtained by Access Hollywood, the women claim their identities, which they note are “recognized instantly by the public and have substantial commercial value,” were used without their permission to sell goods for the companies.
In paperwork that accompanied the filing, the women included several ads from the companies for computer screens and HDTVs, featuring the stars on the front of the products. The women are featured in what appears to be clips from some of their movies including Moore and Keaton in “Because I Said So.”
The stars claim they “exercise careful consideration” before allowing their images to be used for commercial value, and are seeking damages over the use of their images.
The women, who list dozens of the films they’ve starred in as part of their evidence, are asking the companies to cough up accounting records related to the sale of products their images were used to sell.
The women are asking a judge to award them monies resulting from the profits of goods sold that their images were used to advertise.They are also asking for punitive damages, special damages, attorney fees and an injunction to stop the companies from using their images in the future.
So far, the defendants have not responded in court to the filing.
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