Julia Roberts, George Clooney Team Up to Sue Two Audio-Visual Companies
Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and George Clooney are finally joining forces once again — and no it’s not for a new Ocean’s film.
According to documents obtained by E! News, the elite duo are reuniting to sue Georgia-based Digital Projection Inc. and Canadian company Beyond Audio Inc, who have allegedly used Clooney and Roberts’ likeness without the pair’s permission.
Specifically, the lawsuit – filed April 27 in L.A. Superior Court – alleges:
“The defendants prominently used large photographs of Plaintiffs in Defendants’ advertising, marketing and promotions including print advertisements published in numerous magazines over the past several months.”
“Accordingly, Defendants are liable to Plaintiffs for the infringement of their publicity rights, privacy rights, and trademark rights.”
Clooney and Roberts are demanding unspecified compensatory damages, in addition to punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.
They are also requesting that the companies remove the offending mentions and photos from their current displayed materials, as well as seeking an injunction to prevent the firms from using their names and images in future.
View a copy of the Julia Roberts/George Clooney lawsuit by going here.
While the suit may not be a shock to some, many are wondering why Clooney and Roberts — obviously not a couple — are pairing up for the ordeal.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, the answer is simple – the long-term friends realized that a joint complaint would carry more weight in a court of law and simultaneously carry a message that the use of any celebrity’s face without going through the proper channels is unacceptable.
Readers, lend us your thoughts: Do you agree with Julia Roberts and George Clooney that using a photo (of anyone) without consent from that person is grounds for a lawsuit.
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