NEW YORK – Loeb & Loeb secured an historic settlement for Woody Allen, the legendary film maker, in his right-to-privacy lawsuit against American Apparel, Inc., a Los Angeles-based clothing company. The case was settled the same day that a jury trial was set to commence in Manhattan federal court. American Apparel agreed to pay Mr. Allen $5 million, the largest amount ever paid in the history of the New York statute.
The suit arose after American Apparel used images of Mr. Allen on billboards in New York and Los Angeles, on its Internet website, and on banners, showing only Mr. Allen's eyes and horn-rimmed glasses, placed on the side of American Apparel's corporate headquarters and on top of its flagship store. The settlement was reached one week after the Court rejected American Apparel's defense that its uses of Mr. Allen's image were protected by the First Amendment.