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In 1999 MetroActive.com in San Jose, California, reported Shelly Ashworth sued a modeling agency and won. She got her money back.
The report went on to say Vladimir Kompelmakher also took legal action against the same agency on behalf on his daughter Rita.
Rita wanted to sign up for the modeling services; her mom paid the agency; and her father filed the lawsuit.
It is possible to sue a modeling agency in a Small Claims Court when the financial loss from the modeling scam is less than the maximum amount classified as "small" claims. (Check your state for exact numbers.) Most modeling scams result in a loss of $500 (e.g., photos) to $5,000 (e.g., conventions), so most victims can sue the offending agency in a Small Claims Court.
The Kompelmakhers filed their lawsuit in a Small Claims Court. They won the lawsuit and got $1,000 back.
You can fight for money or fight on principle. After Mr. Kompelmakher got $1,000 refunded out of $1,200 spent, he still wanted the last $200, but at that point it was more about the principle than the money.
Lawsuits are filed for three reasons: 1) to get money back; 2) to expose a scam; and, 3) to put a company out of business.
In the case of a lawsuit against a modeling agency in Tampa, Florida, which looked like a class-action lawsuit, the St. Petersberg Times reported:
At the end of its guide to avoiding modeling scams in the state of California, the BBB said:
Models Sue Agency
Agency Accused of Making False Promises
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