Katherine Heigl decided to drop her lawsuit against the drugstore chain Duane Reade. Heigl had filed the lawsuit because Duane Read had used a photo of her in their advertisements without asking her.
The photo showed Heigl exiting a Duane Reade pharmacy and was allegedly taken by paparazzi without Heigl’s knowledge or consent.
The drugstore had been using the photo in advertisements online and Heigl accused them of using her image to make money and of violating the false advertising provision of the Lanham Act as well as New York civil rights statutes protecting use of likenesses for purpose of trade.
Is one tweet worth $6 million? Katherine Heigl certainly thinks so: http://t.co/WGZ9Fck5Se
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) April 10, 2014
Heigl and the drugstore chain came to an agreement this week and Heigl’s attorney turned in the paperwork to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday.
Heigl’s attorney released a statement about the dismissal saying,
“Katherine Heigl and Duane Reade have worked out a mutually beneficial agreement. Ms. Heigl has voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit, and Duane Reade has made a contribution to benefit the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. The parties have agreed to keep the terms of the agreement confidential.”
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) August 27, 2014
The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was created by Katherine in memory of her brother, who was killed in a car accident in 1986. The charity promotes animal welfare.
The terms of the agreement or the amount of money that was donated by the drugstore chain were not revealed and the dismissal comes with prejudice, meaning that Heigl can’t later sue against the drugstore chain again, if they ever try to use her photos without her consent.
Do you think the lawsuit was ridiculous in the first place or was Heigl right to sue the store?