Reese Witherspoon Wins Round In Publicity Rights Battle

Law360, Los Angeles (December 1, 2015, 9:02 PM EST) -- A California judge on Tuesday rejected jeweler Gemvara's bid to escape a lawsuit filed by Reese Witherspoon claiming it and other retailers illegally used her name and likeness to sell products like the "Reese Ring," saying Gemvara capitalized on the "Legally Blonde" star's fan base.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Gerald Rosenberg denied Gemvara Inc.'s motion for summary judgment on Tuesday. He also rejected the jeweler's motion for a ruling dismissing the suit's first cause of action for right of publicity, stating there were "triable issues" over the company's use of Witherspoon's image, likeness and name on its website, blogs and...

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