August 17, 2010
A Hairy Breach of Contract Suit against Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is no stranger to this blog (she had previously been sued for failing to promote a movie, Pledge This!). According to the Washington Post, Hilton is now facing a $35 million lawsuit by Hairtech International, claiming that she breached a contract to promote and wear hair extensions. Apparently, she was wearing the hair extensions of a competing manufacturer. According to WaPo:
Spokeswoman Dawn Miller said in a statement released Thursday that Hilton's attorneys state, "There is no merit whatsoever to any of these claims. We will pursue all of our defenses vigorously and any potential counter claims."
Hairtech claimed Hilton did not wear the company's extensions as promised and missed a launch party in 2007 because she was in jail. They claim the damages from the missed appearance were at least $6.6 million.
Hilton served 23 days in 2007 after she was caught driving twice on a suspended license while on probation for reckless driving.
I am not sure of the contract price, but if it is less than $35 million, the lawsuit raises interesting damages issues. But, mostly, I tend to have a similar reaction as Prof. Jonathan Turley: if anyone at Hairtech is reading this blog, I would be happy promote and wear the hair extensions for a much better price. Though, I suppose you should go with Prof. Turley, because he's always on the telly talking to Olbermann and Maddow. Definitely Hairtech's targeted demographic.
[Meredith R. Miller]