Imagine perusing a novelty store only to see your high school yearbook photo plastered on a flask along with the phrase: “I’m going to be the most popular girl in rehab.” Apparently, that frightful experience actually happened to a New Mexico woman. She didn’t find it very humorous, and thus, she is suing the novelty products maker over the flask that included her likeness.
According a complaint filed by Veronica Vigil federal court, defendant Anne Taintor, Inc. obtained and used her high school graduation picture from ethe 1970’s without her permission on flask with the aforementioned phrase emblazoned thereupon. It is not entirely clear how Anne Traitor obtained the picture (although according to news reports they do claim to have purchased the image). Nevertheless, Ms. Vigil alleges that the New York company defamed her by linking her image to a product that makes light of substance abuse. According to the complaint, Ms. Vigil is “an active member of her church and does not consume alcohol or drugs.”