Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel filed a breach of contract lawsuit against shoemaker Steve Madden and other retailers last December. It now looks like the lawsuit may be allowed to move forward to be heard by a jury.
As reported in a previous post, a real-life maid filed a lawsuit against the author of "The Help" that accused the author of stealing the maid's likeness for her best-selling novel, which has recently been made into a popular movie. Ablene Cooper contended in her lawsuit that Kathryn Stockett stole her likeness for her character Aibileen Clark. Other similarities included that both Abie's had a gold tooth, took care of a boy and a girl, and had a son who died.
In another case of allegedly misappropriated identity, a real-life maid has sued the author of the novel, "The Help," claiming that the author used her likeness and name for one of the two main characters in the book without her permission. Ablene Cooper works for author Kathryn Stockett's brother and sister-in-law. Cooper says that Stockett's brother and sister-in-law support her lawsuit.
Last year, Hulk Hogan sued Post Foods for using his likeness to sell cereal. A commercial for the cereal featured the defeat of a character named "Hulk Boulder" by Bam-Bam, the baby from the Flintstones. Hulk Boulder resembled Hulk Hogan with his long blond hair and Fu Manchu mustache and was humiliated by his trouncing by a baby. Hogan reached a settlement in the case.