The Storage Wars star’s lawsuit claims that the Anyone Up website creator published fake footage and photographs of Passante (featuring a woman that resembled her) in erotic situations.
The Brandi Passante lawsuit also maintained that Moore was selling merchandise with the Storage Wars star’s likeness. The A&E reality show cast member also claimed that she had experienced anxiety over the experience. Her lawsuit also included other charges including defamation and disparagement.
Federal Judge James V. Selna ruled in her favor but only awarded her $750. Passante won a motion for default judgment, meaning that the defendant apparently never responded to the legal claim.
The judge determined that Brandi’s complaint lacked evidence of how she was harmed to the tune of $2.5 million and “provides absolutely no support for this calculation,” The Wrap reports.
The good news for Brandi is that she received an award of attorneys fees, which likely were sizable. Plus she obtained an injunction against the defendant ordering him to take down any of the bogus videos and to stop distributing them. As the Starcasm website points out, ” … the most important thing is that the video has to come down and Brandi has essentially proven that it is a fake. Plus, it’s very important that Brandi followed through with the suit because it establishes a very clear precedent for similar cases in the future.”
Within 30 days of the Storage Wars lawsuit judgment, her lawyers can submit a revised application for damages, however, for the court’s additional consideration.
Brandi and Jarrod Schulz, who operate the Now and Then thrift store in Orange, Calif., have been on Storage Wars on A&E since it premiered in 2010, and are referred to in the credits as “the Young Guns.”