Injury claimed: Unfair competition
Defendant(s): X17 Inc., Francois Navarre, Brandy Navarre
Case name: Mario Lavandeira dba Perez Hilton v. X17 Inc., et al., No. BC373254
Court: Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.
Date filed: June 25
Individual / group / class: Individual
Theories of recovery: Unfair competition; common law unfair competition; negligent hiring, supervision and retention; injunctive relief; declaratory relief; restitution; disgorgement of profits; compensatory and punitive damages
Other: Mario Lavandeira, who goes by the name Perez Hilton, claims that he runs a Web log, www. perezhilton. com, in which he posts photos of celebrities. Hilton transforms these photographs visually and adds comments using his own brand of humor, he claims. Hilton claims that X17, a celebrity photography company, launched a copycat blog. Hilton argues that X17 expects him to license the pictures he uses on his Web site. But Hilton alleges that X17 owner Francois Navarre and his wife, Brandy, fund their lifestyle on the backs of their employees, who are forced to work 12-hour days, six to seven days a week without legally mandated overtime. Hilton also alleges that the X17 photographers are not given information about the money X17 receives from the sale of their photographs.
Plaintiff counsel: Bryan J. Freedman and Matthew E. Voss, Freedman & Taitelman, Los Angeles; Gregory L. Doll and Michael M. Amir, Doll, Amir & Eley, Los Angeles
Post-filing events: None
(Complaint available. Document #58-070725-033C.)