Kim Kardashian, Old Navy settle lawsuit
Kim Kardashian has settled the lawsuit she filed in July 2011 against the apparel retailer Old Navy and its parent company, Gap Inc., in which she alleged that Old Navy's use of a look-alike in TV commercials infringed on her "name, likeness, identity and persona."
The case was dismissed Wednesday in Los Angeles after the two sides filed a settlement agreement. Details were not released, The Associated Press reported. Kardashian had sought unspecified damages and an order barring Old Navy from using a look-alike model again.
Her attorney told AP the lawsuit was settled to both parties' satisfaction.
A rep for Gap Inc. was not immediately available to comment.
Old Navy's "Super C-U-T-E" commercial, which began running in February 2011, depicts Melissa Molinaro dancing and lip syncing with the pop group The Audio Threadz. An E! News story at the time showed the commercial's emailed casting call, which never mentioned Kardashian but instead sought someone reminiscent of Prince, David Bowie and Madonna.
After the commercial's release, however, Old Navy tweeted, "Breaking News!! @CBSNEWS reports that Old Navy's Super CUTE star looks like @kimkardashian. #LOL. What do you think?"
The Toronto-born, Detroit-reared Molinaro was not named in the suit. She has done commercials and worked as a promotional model for Microsoft, Nivea, Skechers and others, according to Ad Age, and has appeared in several TV series, including "How I Met Your Mother." She most recently co-starred as Nooki in the SyFy TV-movie "Jersey Shore Shark Attack."