It looks like the fast-food restaurant Chipotle is being sued once again, except this time it’s not about their food.
The person who is suing them is a woman from Sacramento, California.
Leah Caldwell is suing the restaurant for over $2 billion for their usage of a picture that was used to promote and to sell their product where Leah was in.
The picture originally took place in 2006 while she was eating at a Denver Chipotle. At that time, Steve Adams, a photographer was in the restaurant taking pictures and he captured Leah while she was eating and enjoying her meal.
Not only did Steve never ask for permission to snap a shot of Leah eating, but he waited for her to leave that Chipotle before he asked to sign a release form.
It was her right to refuse to sign his release form and that’s exactly what Leah did, she refused to sign his form.
It’s unfortunate that didn’t stop the photographer some years later she realized that Steve obviously sold the picture with her in it to Chipotle while adding additives to it too.
Reports by Denver 7 say that her lawsuit was originally filed in the U.S. District Court in California and then later transferred to the U.S. District Court in Colorado and it names both the founder and the CEO and also the photographer as defendants.
Leah said that in 2014 she went into a Chipotle in Orlando and saw her picture and then again in 2015 she saw her picture again at two other Chipotle restaurants in Sacramento.
The lawsuit claims that when Chipotle purchased the picture that Steve Adams took, they did not check to see if there was a release signed for it or not.
It also states that Leah’s picture wasn’t just of Leah eating, but that the photographer edited the picture and added alcoholic beverages to her meal.
As far as the $2 Billion part, Leah is only seeking the amount that Chipotle has earned by using the picture with her in it.
And with that, here is the full amount from 2006 to 2015 coms to $2,237,633,000.
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