April 2, 2008

Woody Allen Sues American Apparel for Punitive Damages

According to Variety, famed director and actor Woody Allen has sued American Apparel, Inc. for compensatory and punitive damages: "The lawsuit complained of a billboard featuring a frame from 'Annie Hall,' a film that won Allen a best director Oscar. The image showed Allen dressed as a Hasidic Jew with a long beard and black hat and Yiddish text meaning 'the holy rebbe.' The words 'American Apparel' also were on the billboard. The billboard falsely implied that Allen sponsored, endorsed or was associated with American Apparel, said the lawsuit, which seeks at least $10 million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages."