Premier Pigments Files Suit Against SPCP for alleged Defamation, Conspiracy and Business Interference

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The American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics d/b/a Premier Pigments and its founder, Sandi Hammons, filed a lawsuit against the SPCP (Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals), and several of its board members for defamation, conspiracy and tortious interference.

Attorney David H. Pollack filed the lawsuit in the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida (CASE NO. 08-69191 CA 20) on behalf of The American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics d/b/a Premier Pigments and its founder, Sandi Hammons.

Defendants named in the lawsuit include: Liza Sims, Kathleen Ciampi (aka Kate Ciampi), Elizabeth Finch-Howell, Karla Kwist and the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).

The lawsuit alleges:

  • Liza Sims (SPCP communications chair), Kathleen Ciampi (SPCP executive director), Elizabeth Finch-Howell (SPCP president) and Karla Kwist (SPCP trainer) set out on a systematic campaign to defame Premier Pigments and Sandi Hammons and destroy their reputation in the permanent makeup industry.
  • Defendants (Sims, Ciampi, Finch-Howell, and Kwist) conspired to make defamatory statements about Hammons and Premier Pigments; this intentionally and unjustifiably interfered with Premier's relationships with its suppliers, distributors, clients, regulators, and others.
  • Sims, Ciampi, and Kwist repeatedly posted messages on an Internet message board impugning the honesty and professional integrity of Sandi Hammons, Premier Pigments and others, despite Hammons (multiple) requests that they cease and desist from doing so.
  • Sims, Ciampi, Finch-Howell, David Vidra and other SPCP representatives defamed Hammons and Premier Pigments in public forums and during industry trade events.
  • Hammons and her company(s) suffered reputational injury, loss of good will, emotional and physical distress and continuous and ongoing damages related to tortious interference, defamation (including vicarious liability), conspiracy to defame, and other matters related to conspiracy to tortiously interfere with business.

The lawsuit further alleges the conduct of Ciampi, Sims, Finch-Howell and Kwist was unlawful, deliberate and willful. Hammons and her company(s) are seeking actual and consequential damages and the right to amend the suit to claim for punitive damages upon evidentiary proffer.

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