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CLARK PATRICK PHOTOGRAPHY HAS SUED MINNEAPOLIS BASED ADVERTISING AGENCY COLLE & MCVOY FOR ALLEGED FRAUDULENT USE OF IMAGERY
MINNNEAPOLIS, MN – June 11, 2010 / http://www.ahlberglaw.com/ — Clark Patrick Goebel, doing business as Clark Patrick Photography, has filed suit against Colle & McVoy, Inc. & Colle McVoy, LLC in Hennepin County District Court. The case number is 27-10-CV-13559.
Mr. Goebel is a Twin Cities based freelance professional commercial photographer (www.clarkpatrick.com) and the founder of Unite Bike (www.unitebike.com), an organization that promotes bicycle advocacy by gathering individual cyclists for an annual large group photograph of area cycling enthusiasts.
The lawsuit alleges that Colle & McVoy fraudulently obtained Mr. Goebel’s consent to use one of the Unite Bike photographs on another website. Mr. Goebel alleges he was contacted by Colle & McVoy, who asked for permission to use the photo for a pro bono project. Mr. Goebel later learned that the Colle & McVoy project was not, in fact, pro bono, and that Colle & McVoy received compensation for the project. Despite due demand, Colle & McVoy has failed to disclose the amount of compensation it received or offer compensation to Mr. Goebel for the use of his image.
Mr. Goebel states, “Large advertising agencies often try to get as much from their smaller vendor partners as possible, but in this case I felt there were a number of issues that required me to take legal action against Colle & McVoy. Freelance creative producers are often unable or unwilling to defend themselves because they are fearful it could cost them future business or cannot afford costly legal fees associated with lawsuits, but I needed to defend myself and I hope this type of issue won’t happen again to other creative freelance producers in town.” He also said, “It is particularly disappointing this type of thing would happen with my Unite Bike project since at its core it is all about promoting a positive community activity.”
For more information about this lawsuit, please contact Mr. Goebel’s attorney Ryan Ahlberg, at 612-373-7081. Mr. Goebel is available for limited comment on this suit at 763-439-8922 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org