“In the entertainment industry, youth is king. If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work,” quotes the lawsuit filed by a US actress.
The unnamed actress is suing Amazon, owners of the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), alleging fraud, breach of contract, and violation of her private life, as well as her consumer rights.
The information about the actress’s actual age, which she had kept secret during her career, found its way to her profile on the site when she used her credit card information to upgrade her subscription.
“Jane Doe” as she wishes only to be referred to as during this litigation is seeking $1 million.
This “sue first, ask questions later” mindset is far too prevalent in America. Once a last resort, more and more people now turn to lawsuits first when they are unhappy with a situation. These questionable cases rarely make it to court. More often than not, the defendant simply settles the “nuisance suit” because it is cheaper than going to trial, effectively losing the case even if they are innocent. People in the media spotlight are an example for the general public, and should reasonably understand that they will be subject to greater public attention than average people. With lawsuits like this, it’s no wonder America is the most litigious nation in the world.
Read the article in Yahoo News.