Be careful what you tweet, peeps. Katherine Heigl is suing the pharmacy chain Duane Reade for $6 million, saying that the company used her name and a paparazzi photo of her without her permission.
In a now-deleted Twitter post from March 18, the pharmacy posted a pic of the actress holding one of their store bags with the caption, "Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can't resist shopping #NYC's favorite drugstore."
The suit, which was filed on April 9, claims that "Duane Reade is liable for not less than $6 million in compensatory and punitive or treble damages" for using the actresses likeness to promote the product without her authorization. They reportedly posted it to their Facebook page as well.
Apparently, Katherine does do some endorsements, but according to the suit obtained by TMZ, she is a "highly successful television and motion picture actress, producer and celebrity," which means (according to this section of the suit obtained by Reuters) that she is "highly selective and well-compensated" for such ventures.
It's a lot of legal mumbo jumbo and there are bits and pieces of it flying all around the Internet, but basically, Katherine is pissed about the pic being used for an endorsement that she didn't approve and she wants them to pay up.
If there is any silver lining in this situation, it's that IF Katherine does win the suit, she's going to donate the money to the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which is working to end animal cruelty and dedicated to helping find forever homes for dogs living in high-kill shelters.
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