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Photog Puts Foot Down -- Sues Skechers for $250 Mil

9/29/2010 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A famous photographer claims the people at Skechers walked off with tons of his work -- exploiting it all over the world ... and now dude wants the shoe company to pay up .... to the tune of $250 mil.

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The guy behind the lens is Richard Reinsdorf, who shot tons of celebs including Sarah Jessica Parker, Orlando Bloom and Jamie Foxx.

Reinsdorf just filed a federal lawsuit claiming Skechers hired him to "conduct several highly successful photo shoots from 2006 through last year" -- but states there were limits to where and how long Skechers could use his work.

But in his suit, Reinsdorf claims Skechers blew off the agreement and used his work (an example seen above) all over the world ... and long past the end date. Now dude wants at least $250,000,000 to make things right.

A rep for Sketchers just released this scathing statement: "'Absurd' is the best way to describe Richard Reinsdorf's lawsuit. Skechers paid for the pictures in full and had express permission to use them. Reinsdorf is not entitled to a nickel more."


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what He said    

I don't believe. The lady of the house is so nice and throws awesome parties at the beach house.

1400 days ago
2.

FCC    

In other recent Skechers news...

FCC asked to block new animated series that features Skechers characters:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/14/zevo3-skechers-cartoon-fc_n_717023.html#

1400 days ago
3.

tyw    

He is handsome.

1400 days ago
4.

Hey Now    

What a cutey.

1400 days ago
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kimmi    

So, he took some crappy pictures of ugly people and thinks those are worth 250 million dollars? American Dollars?? Really??? I can think of one person in that article who has a very high opinion of his mediocre talent.

1400 days ago
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julianne rose    

The lady of the house is nice her husband is not so nice shall we say. i'm not surprised of this news i'm just kinda chuckling.

1400 days ago
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su.san smith    

Good FOR him.
I would sue too.
Photographers keep the copyright to all of their photographs.
The shoe company are nothing but an bunch of wankers.

1400 days ago
8.

Sheri    

Wow! If this is true, this is very bad news for a company that continues to get hit with suits in an already shaky industry. This could cash strap them in a major way. I'm not taking any chances. I'm selling the few shares I had left after an already bad three months of losses! Thanks TMZ for getting the word out...

1400 days ago
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julianne rose    

The lady of the house is really nice but her husband shall we say isn't like the lady of the house. i'm not surprised to hear this story, i'm just kinda chuckling.

1400 days ago
10.

Gary    

Seems like this is standard procedure for Skechers. They seem to have a lot of legal problems lately. If this is true, this could cash strap an already sinking company in an already shaky market. I'm not taking any chances, I'm selling my stock ASAFP!

1400 days ago
11.

Steelerchick    

He's frickin hot!!!!

1400 days ago
12.

njneere    

Quit you're crying, & get a real job, *****.

1400 days ago
13.

mana    

Companies like Skechers like to exploit the little guy and I am happy to see one fight back!! PAY UP Skechers!! If Skechers wanted the right to use his images how they pleased,they should have paid him to use it, kept it all leagl. If this was a baseless law suit, and the contract was honored, than he would not be suing them, so I believe it Skechers will have to PAY UP!!! People needs to stands for their rights and the rights of their work! GO RICHARD!!! ANd yes, you are HOT!

1400 days ago
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Reza Malakian    

Where is the copy of the lawsuit papers??? OMG!!!

1400 days ago
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@stasiglenn    

This is so common in advertising these days! Reality tv non union talent's ignorance and disregard of residuals have made everyone lazy and disrespectful of real talent and actors who are artists and ply a craft. (ply,verb to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily: to ply a trade.) My friend Tamia Richmond, a successful veteran commercial actor and worldwide model, is pursuing a suit with them for a non SAG commercial they aired of her worldwide without her consent. Despicable!

1400 days ago
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