SOURCE: Pier 59 Studios

February 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Pier 59 Studios Files Defamation Lawsuits Against Competitor Milk Studios and Unnamed Employees, Associates Under Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

SANTA MONICA, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - Pier 59 Studios L.P., an Art and Fashion Group, and its founder and owner Federico Pignatelli, have filed a suit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, claiming that employees of Los Angeles and New York City-based Milk Studios have undertaken a fraudulent pattern of defamatory and misleading conduct, inappropriately supplying false information via internet and media outlets and popular search engines, including Google. According to the lawsuits, the actions of the defendants include but are not limited to the publication of false and misleading information about the plaintiffs, facilitation and solicitation of frivolous and objectively baseless suits from former employees against Pier 59 Studios and Mr. Pignatelli, manipulation of information distributed via search engines and other internet based information portals and other activities that constitute unfair trade practices and competition.

Mr. Pignatelli said, "The entire Pier 59 organization is looking forward to the court findings and, following a pattern of such unfair and damaging practices, we felt that it was time to put an end to this kind of unethical and illegal activities by any competitor. It is unfortunate that a competitor feels the need to undermine the leader in the industry by publishing and distributing rumors, buying employees, breaching confidentially, hacking into leading search engine information and harassing valuable clientele. Today, with this legal action, we make a clear statement that such activities will not be tolerated in any shape or form."

About Pier 59 Studios
Pier 59 Studios is an Art and Fashion Group Company providing full-service multimedia studios for photography, commercial advertising, television and film production, and special events. Pier 59 Studios is a bi-coastal leader in art and fashion multimedia studio services and maintains studio locations in New York City and Los Angeles County, known as Pier 59 Studios and Pier 59 Studios West, respectively. With a total of fifteen studios nationwide, Pier 59 Studios currently owns the largest photography studio complex in the United States.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:
    Federico Pignatelli
    Pier 59 Studios