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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Kill Lancome!

UmaUma Thurman is mad.  In fact, I haven't seen her this mad since Michael Madsen shot her in the chest, took her samurai sword and buried her alive.  She is no longer mad at Bill.  No, no, that's all in the past.  Now, she is mad at Lancome, according to the Wall Street Journal, because she alleges that the French cosmetics corporation is continuing to use her image to promote its products after the expiration of a licensing agreement.  Fans of movie stars, cosmetics and litigation can find the complaint here

The WSJ notes that Lancome has filed its own suit against Thurman, apparently claiming that, under the licensing agreement, it is not subject to liability for third-party use of Thurman's image .  Lancome issued a statement on Friday in which it said that it would not comment on on-going litigation but claimed that "The use of Ms. Thurman's image after her contract expired, however minor, was neither deliberate nor intentional."  Uh huh.  Sounds like the pot was already broken when they borrowed it.

[Jeremy Telman]

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