- On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock filed a joint lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against unnamed companies using their likenesses to sell products.
- The mysterious companies claim to sell beauty products from DeGeneres and Bullock that the celebrities have nothing to do with.
- “They are targeted because of their age, their unimpeachable reputation for honesty and having worked hard at maintaining a healthy and youthful look,” the lawsuit reads.
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Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock are going after companies that have been using their celebrity status to sell products without their consent.
On Wednesday, the two stars filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming false advertising, unfair competition, and violating their right to publicity, according to USA Today, which received a copy of the suit.
DeGeneres and Bullock have not been able to officially track down which businesses are behind the advertisements, so the defendants are listed only as John Does 1-100 in the lawsuit.
Now that they’ve filed the lawsuit, though, their legal team will have the power to issue subpoenas to uncover who is behind the alleged con, according to the New York Times.
“These companies change names frequently, merge in and out of entities formed in states that allow for secrecy, operate websites that pop up and disappear overnight, and generally do everything possible to ‘stay one step ahead of the sheriff,'” the complaint said.
Both women claim that these companies have been using their image to share products online, particularly beauty products geared toward anti-aging.
In one example shared with the Times, an ad appeared online with a picture of Bullock taken from an appearance on a morning show, saying “Sandra Bullock Talks About Her New Skin Care Line.”
Bullock has never had a skincare line, but the ad links to a site selling products with her name.
DeGeneres and Bullock’s lawyers write in the lawsuit that they are “targeted because of their age, their unimpeachable reputation for honesty and having worked hard at maintaining a healthy and youthful look, which con artists believe will attract and dupe unwitting customers into getting bilked by giving up their credit card information.”
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