CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An actor known in the Chicago entertainment community alleges that his likeness was used in commercials to promote a home improvement enterprise without his consent.
Ray Alan Bovinett, trading as Alan Bovinett, filed a complaint on Aug. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division against HomeAdvisor Inc., Angi Homeservices Inc., Hawthorne Direct LLC and Doe 1 through Doe V alleging fraudulent inducement and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff is professionally engaged as a model and actor and that in 2014, he was photographed by HomeAdvisor's photographer for a print campaign.
The plaintiff holds HomeAdvisor Inc., Angi Homeservices Inc., Hawthorne Direct LLC and Doe 1 through Doe V responsible because HomeAdvisor allegedly used the photographs in video-based commercials in violations of the limitations of the plaintiff's consent.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount not less than $2.8 million, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Mark Barinholtz of Mark H. Barinholtz PC in Chicago.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois case number 1:17-cv-06229