We were shocked when we first learned that photos of our client had been used on the cover of the San Antonio phone book.
San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
With the defense of intellectual property rights emerging as a hot economic issue around the world, Hair Direct, an online hair replacement company, has successfully reached an out-of-court settlement to resolve a copyright infringement suit it filed against a Texas-based surgical hair restoration clinic in 2008.
Due to terms of the agreement, Hair Direct is prohibited from disclosing the name of the clinic and the specific sum of damages.
The company filed the suit three years ago in Texas, after it discovered that a “before and after” photo of one of its clients was being used in an advertisement on the cover of a phone book by the hair restoration clinic without its permission.
“We were shocked when we first learned that photos of our client had been used on the cover of the San Antonio phone book,” said Brandon Andrews, Hair Direct vice president. “But we were even more surprised to learn it was a hair restoration clinic – that provides surgical solutions – which was using them.”
Hair Direct voluntarily split the damages they were rewarded, with the client featured in the stolen photos. The company was represented in the dispute by San Antonio, TX-based civil litigation firm Kustoff & Phillips, L.L.P.
“This case dragged on for years; many times we talked about walking away because the costs were mounting,” said Bill Biesecker, Jr., Hair Direct president. “But it was never about the money, we felt it was essential to follow through if we wanted to stop this type of theft from recurring. We are pleased with the outcome.”
Further details about the case are a matter of public record, no. 2008-CI-08502, 45th Judicial District Court in Bexar County, TX.
About Hair Direct
Founded in 1998, Pennsylvania-based Hair Direct Inc. is a mail order hair replacement company. With clients worldwide, the company provides nonsurgical hair replacement systems (hairpieces, toupees, etc.) for both men and women. Hair Direct also sells a complete line of attachment and maintenance products online at http://www.hairdirect.com/store. The company has a manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Hair Direct management, please contact Brandon Andrews at (717) 426-4333 ext. 850.
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