Actress Suing IMDb Hires New Lawyers to Proceed with Case

It’s been some time since we have had an update on the lawsuit filed by actress Huang “Junie” Hoang against IMDb for posting her actual date of birth on the internet’s most popular movie website.  Major parts of Hoang’s case were dismissed back in April, including Hoang’s charges of fraud and that Amazon.com (which is the owner of IMDb), her claim that IMDb violated the Washington Privacy Act, and, most significantly, Hoang’s asking of $1 million in damages for lost work because of her age (the judge pointed out Hoang would have to produce witnesses to testify that they did not hire her specifically because of IMDb’s revelation of her actual age, something that was very unlikely to happen).  Nonetheless, Hoang’s claim that Amazon gleaned her true age from her private credit card information remained in the case.

But new developments might change all that.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoang’s original lawyer, John Dozier, passed away unexpectedly in August and her new lawyers, led by Keith Scully of the firm Newman Du Wors, have decided to take a different approach to the suit by broadening it, focusing on how the age information revealed on IMDb hurts the industry as a whole and continuing to question whether or not IMDb’s staff commits any wrongdoing while probing for private information for its listings.  This would include calling industry professionals to the stand as witnesses to talk about ageism in the industry, with Gil Junger (director of 10 Things I Hate About You and dozens of television episodes) reportedly already agreeing to take the stand.

Furthermore, Hoang’s new lawyers are asking for more time to prepare for the case, claiming Dozier was ill and made poor decisions with her case.  This is something which Breena Roos, the lawyer representing IMDb, points out isn’t her client’s fault.  She says, “Put bluntly, IMDb asks this Court to find that it is simply tough luck for Hoang that her attorney was terminally ill and unable to make viable decisions. Fortunately for fundamental fairness in our judicial system, that is not the law.”

It’s up to the judge on whether or not more time will be granted to the prosecution, but ultimately the question at the center of the lawsuit remains how IMDb gathers its info on Hoang and others.  Complicating matters is the fact that info on IMDb isn’t just updated by Amazon’s staff but also by users, which means potentially anybody could have initially posted Hoang’s birth date.  Regardless, a judge’s decision on the matter is expected shortly.

4 Comments

  1. Belinda Panelo via Facebook

    October 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Oh boy. Let it go already.

  2. Daily Actor via Facebook

    October 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’m with you. Give it up

  3. Eric A. Maskell via Facebook

    October 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

    i love the new firm name Newman Du Wors…kind of sounds like new man do worse 🙂

  4. Daily Actor via Facebook

    October 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I should have recommended her to my law firm, Dewey, Cheatem & Howe

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Linnea-Berthelsen-Stranger-Things.jpg
Linnea Berthelse on Her ‘Stranger Things’ Audition and Keeping Her Role a Secret for a Year
“Sometimes when actors don’t get the part, it’s not always about an actor being a bad actor; it’s about connecting to the material.” – Linnea Berthelsen Stranger Things is back on our screens with its second season, something fans have been waiting for ever since season one arrived on Netflix in 2016. Returning to the […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/jonathan-groff-hamilton.jpg
Jonathan Groff on Playing King George III in ‘Hamilton’: “I rehearsed for about a day, and then went into the show”
Can you even imagine stepping into a role in one of the biggest Broadway hits of all time with barely any time to prepare?
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/lina-esco-swat.jpg
Lina Esco on Playing the Only Female Officer on ‘S.W.AT.’: “I have to portray her as someone equal to all of the guys on her team”
"The important thing for me when I read scripts is how much respect I have for the character and how far I can take her" - Lina Esco
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/sam-rockwell-three-billboards.jpg
Sam Rockwell on Typecasting and One of His Worst Auditions
"I’m kind of a workhorse. It takes a toll" - Sam Rockwell
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/rachel-bloom-crazy-ex-girlfriend.jpg
Rachel Bloom: “The way that I learned comedy was not rigid, but this very specific technique taught by the Upright Citizens Brigade”
"I went from being a person who was doing moderately successful videos online and working as a moderately successful TV writer and aspiring to do this to having a Golden Globe." - Rachel Bloom