Photographer Jason Lee Parry received the good news that the $28 million lawsuit filed against him only -- in conjunction with Urban Outfitters and Blood is the New Black, a t-shirt manufacturer- was dismissed by a NYC judge.
Jason Lee Parry was named as a defendent in teen model Hailey Clauson's parents' lawsuit in conjunction with a series of images of Clauson on a motorcycle. One of the images ended up on a t-shirt sold at Urban Outfitters.
The court ruled: “he did not conduct business in New York, he did not commit a [harmful] act in New York, or commit a [harmful] act outside of New York which caused injury in New York” that would subject him to the state’s “long arm” statute.
Jason Lee Parry's media representative Morgan Pharoh wrote:
This is not only a big win for Jason Lee Parry but for freedom of expression and image making for all photographers worldwide. In a case that was based upon illegitimate facts from the teen model’s lawyers and parents and a scheme to not only make money and promote their daughters career but also to defame an innocent and rising up and coming photographer in Jason Lee Parry in the process.
We agree with Pharoh's analysis and I've written written in-depth analysis of the lawsuit on Parry's behalf here and here. Given the rise of Hailey Clauson's modeling career with numerous high fashion editorials this winter, it's difficult to understand how this unfortunate event damaged her reputation in any way.
The case does continue in New York City with the remaining two defendents.
Jason Lee Parry (see website) can now move forward with his own career without this dreadful lawsuit having over his head. We wish him every success. Anne
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