Woman sues over use of her school photo on novelty flask
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is suing a novelty products maker over a flask that includes her likeness and the phrase, “I’m going to be the most popular girl in rehab.”
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Veronica Vigil alleges in her in federal court that Anne Taintor Inc. obtained and used her high school graduation picture from 1970 without her permission.
The lawsuit says the Brooklyn, New York-based company then defamed Vigil by linking her image to a product that makes light of substance abuse.
Court documents say the Chimayo, New Mexico, resident is an active church member and doesn’t consume alcohol or drugs.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.
A spokeswoman for Anne Taintor Inc. said the company does not comment on pending litigation.