I filed a copyright infringement suit against Vilana Financial, Inc. in March, 2006 over their publication of a photo of mine in an ad campaign without my consent. They brought counterclaims over my website’s discussion of their infringement. They alleged:
deceptive trade practices,
appropriation of name and likeness, and
interference with prospective contractual relations.
Only the last three of their counterclaims made it to trial. With extensive advice from an attorney, I represented myself in the two years of pre-trial litigation, and at trial. A second photo they used was uncovered during discovery, for which I sought statutory damages for willful infringement. Vilana Financial conspired to hide their infringement of both photos, which was demonstrated by the evidence and testimony at trial. Vilana failed to allege or prove I made any false statements about the dispute on my website.
It was a bench trial, a decision should be made around December. The case is 06-cv-01164, District of Minnesota (Gregerson v. Vilana Financial, Inc.). I may post news of the ruling, otherwise details are on my webpage about the litigation:
2007-11-11 06:51:42 UTC
Nov 13 2007