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A model is suing the producer of the Broadway hit Monty Python’s Spamalot, claiming it used a photograph of her face in a “foolish, unnatural and undignified” way, without her permission, to promote the Tony-winning musical. Carla Collins, 23, said in court papers filed in New York she learned about the use of her image in February 2005, when friends told her they spotted her face on the facade of the Shubert Theatre to advertise the show. The photo on the theater wall, court papers said, was taken nearly two years ago after Collins had finished a photo session in Cape Town, South Africa. “This particular picture was taken after the modeling shoot and she threw the photographer a kiss,” said Collins’ lawyer, Leroy Wilson Jr. of White Plains, N.Y., adding the photo appeared to have been retouched “in the chest area.” The use of Collins’ photo “tends to hold her up to public ridicule and contempt” and has caused her “great anxiety of mind, humiliation and mortification,” the suit alleged. On the other hand, Collins has seen Spamalot and liked it, Wilson said.- The Associated Press Fighting words Donald Trump has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the author and publisher of TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, claiming the book knowingly understated the celebrity businessman’s wealth. A lawyer for Trump filed a complaint in Camden County Superior Court in Camden, N.J., accusing Timothy O’Brien, a business reporter for The New York Times, of damaging the real estate magnate’s reputation. Time Warner Book Group and Warner Books Inc., which published the 288-page book in October, are named as co-defendants. The lawsuit takes issue with O’Brien’s use of three unnamed sources who said Trump “was not remotely close to being a billionaire,” and put his net worth between $150 million and $250 million. Trump’s suit suggests his fortune is closer to $2.7 billion. “The thrust of the book is that Trump is an unskilled and dissembling businessman,” the complaint alleged. At an event promoting his book at a New York store in November, the lawsuit says O’Brien called Trump a “train wreck” of a businessman, and “the walking embodiment of financial pornography.” “Mr. O’Brien welcomes the opportunity to meet with Mr. Trump personally at any time and in any forum to discuss the merits of TrumpNation, a book in which Mr. Trump participated extensively and willingly,” the author’s spokesman said in a written statement. The suits seeks $2.5 billion in compensation and an additional $2.5 billion in punitive damages.- The Associated Press Pity the lobbyists It might seem like a no-brainer that lobbyists would lobby on pending lobbying reform. After all, this one is personal and they get paid to spin lawmakers every day. But in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, most of Washington’s K Street is staying mum, at least publicly, on the proposed legislation. No matter how close to home certain measures may get, many lobbyists say they will steer clear of the reform debate. “Our attitude is we’ll abide by whatever they pass,” said Mike House, head of Washington-based Hogan & Hartson’s lobbying operation. Some lobbyists say they are relying on associations like the American League of Lobbyists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to guard their interests and influence legislation. The reforms could have a major hit on former Hill staffers looking for jobs. With lawmakers proposing an expansion of the one-year lobbying ban to two years for ex-staffers, lawyers say it could lower initial salary packages. “It’s a long time to have to invest in somebody before they can go back and talk to their old bosses,” said Rich Gold, head of Holland & Knight’s lobby practice from the firm’s Washington office. He has a point. After all, two years ago Abramoff was still the toast of Washington. - Legal Times

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