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Julia Roberts and George Clooney file joint lawsuit

05/02/2012 by Olivia Allin

Julia Roberts and George Clooney have filed a joint lawsuit against two audio-visual companies, claiming they used their likenesses in advertisements.

The pair, who appeared together in the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, stated in court documents filed on April 27, that the companies used their photographs to market equipment on their websites without permission from the actors.

Digital Projection Inc., based in Georgia and Beyond Audio Inc., which is based in British Columbia, Canada are named in the lawsuit.

"Defendants prominently used large photographs of Plaintiffs in Defendants' advertising, marketing and promotions including print advertisements published in numerous magazines over the past several months," read the complaint, which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "Accordingly, Defendants are liable to Plaintiffs for the infringement of their publicity rights, privacy rights, and trademark rights."

Roberts and Clooney are seeking unspecified punitive damages and a permanent injunction, which would require the companies to remove their photos and mention.

The suit alleges misappropriation of right of publicity/right of privacy, misappropriation of publicity rights, trademark infringement and negligence.

Roberts recently appeared in the Snow White adaptation, "Mirror, Mirror" and has an upcoming role in the film "August: Osage County," which sees her and Meryl Streep playing a mother and daughter.

The veteran actress rose to fame playing a prostitute with a heart of gold in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman," which earned her a second Oscar nomination. She received her first nod for the 1989 movie "Steel Magnolias." She finally won an Oscar for her title role in the 2000 movie "Erin Brockovich."

Clooney recently won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role in the film "The Descendants."

Clooney can be seen next in the 3D thriller "Gravity," which stars fellow Oscar winner Sandra Bullock as a survivor of a botched space mission to repair the Hubble telescope. Her character tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter. "Gravity" is directed by Alfonso Cuaron and is set for release in November.

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