Elite Model Management (NY): From Beauty to Bankruptcy


Code : FMB0001

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Industry :Building Materials Advertising

Region : USA

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Allegations on Price-fixing in the Model Agencies
The class action suit, filed in the U.S.District Court for the Southern District of NewYork, included some of the leading model agencies of New York like Ford Models, Next Model Management,Wilhelmina Model, IMG Models, Click Model Management Inc., Zoli Management Inc., Q Model Management, MFME Model Management Co. and DNA Model Management LLC, on charges that the agencies were collecting a 20%commission – double the commission rate allowed by the NewYork State Law for the employment agencies.Models alleged that they were being exploited by the agencies, which had collected higher commission since the 1970s...

Other Litigations on Elite NY
In December 2002, a model of Elite NY, whose identity was not disclosed, filed a sex abuse lawsuit against John Casablancas, the founder of EliteModelManagement, in the Los AngelesSuperiorCourt. The plaintiff alleged that in 1988, when she discovered that she was pregnant because of John Casablancas, an abortion was arranged at the behest of Casablancas.Themodel,whowas 15 years of age in 1988, was a finalist in Elite’s prestigious ‘Look of theYear’competition. “Casablancas says the case was settled and that there was “no wrongdoing.”...

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