Texas actress sues Amazon for displaying age in IMDb listing

In the annals of litigation, this has to be one of the stranger cases involving Amazon.com. A Texas actress is suing the Seattle online retailer for displaying her age in the online movie database IMDb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.

The suit was filed on October 13th in U.S. District Court in Seattle by the actress whose name was not disclosed in the court documents. Described as a Texas resident of Asian descent, the actress subscribed to IMDb Pro in 2008 in order to boost her exposure in the entertainment industry.

She’s looking for damages of more than $1 million, claiming that IMDb intercepted personal information during the credit card sign up process and then later used that information to fill out her personal profile, including her age.

The suit notes:

Defendants’ actions have had a double-whammy effect on Plaintiff’s livelihood. First, because lesser-known forty-year-old actresses are not in demand in the entertainment business, Plaintiff has suffered a substantial decrease in acting credits, employment opportunities and earnings since Defendants’ addition of Plaintiff’s legal date of birth to the Internet Movie Database. Second, because Plaintiff looks so much younger than her actual age indicates, Plaintiff has experienced rejection in the industry for each “forty-year-old” role for which she has interviewed because she does not and cannot physically portray the role of a forty-year old woman. Unless and until Defendants remove Plaintiff’s personal birthday information from the Internet Movie Database, Plaintiff will continue to suffer ongoing damages.”
Hat tip to The Houston Press and Wired.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.a.tom Michael Andrew Tom

    So she is complaining that her age being released has caused her to be looked over for roles playing a younger lady because older actresses are not in high demand, and then she goes on to say she also has been looked over for an older age role because she looks younger than 40…wtf ha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJASJPA6CVGDAB6XMF7DXH6VVA TT

    Leisha Hailey meets that description; I wonder if it’s her.

    • http://twitter.com/kPkPkP kPkPkP

      If so, she’ll be suing Wikipedia next?

    • Rasseng

      Too bad Leisha Hailey isn’t Asian, idiot!

      • John Doe

        Born in Japan, Idiot!

        • Shootyhoops

          Leisha Hailey is WHITE! She’s a military brat and grew up on the US Army base in Okinawa.

    • Rasseng

      Too bad Leisha Hailey isn’t Asian, idiot!

  • Lecterman

    Possibly Nicole Bilderback

    • http://twitter.com/kPkPkP kPkPkP

      1) The actress is from Texas (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/amazon-sued-in-seattle-over-revealing-40-year-old-actress-age-on-imdb-website/2011/10/18/gIQAAqBJuL_story.html) and Wikipedia says “Bilderback was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas.”

      2) The court document mentions she is Asian.

      3) Wikipedia shows her birth date as June 10, 1975 (age 36)

    • Rasseng

      She’s not 40, and her career started way too early!

    • Rasseng

      She’s not 40, and her career started way too early!

      • Kraff

        Thanks, Rasseng. It is NOT Nikki. Shame on those who draw conclusions from idiotic Google searches.

        • Cody V

          No way it’s Nikki. She’s my relative and she wouldn’t bother doing that.

        • Cody V

          No way it’s Nikki. She’s my relative and she wouldn’t bother doing that.

    • TEAM BILDERBACK

      Possibly, you’re a moron. Do the math, Nicole Bilderback is not 40. If you knew a thing about Nicole, you would know she is a kind, happy, and talented actress that books roles for characters in their 20′s all the time. Do some more research and guess again.

    • TEAM BILDERBACK

      Possibly, you’re a moron. Do the math, Nicole Bilderback is not 40. If you knew a thing about Nicole, you would know she is a kind, happy, and talented actress that books roles for characters in their 20′s all the time. Do some more research and guess again.

  • http://jobferral.com Stephen Medawar

    If, as they state, “lesser-known forty-year-old actresses are not in demand in the entertainment business” and she is a lesser-known forty-year-old actress…..What exactly are the damages? It seems her lawyer has made a case for the defense. 

  • Movie Fan

    When did Amazon buy IMDB? That’s kind of interesting.

    • johnhcook

      Amazon bought IMDb in 1998. You may have been caught up too much in the dot-com euphoria at the time. :)

    • johnhcook

      Amazon bought IMDb in 1998. You may have been caught up too much in the dot-com euphoria at the time. :)

  • Danielle

    It’s not Nikki Bilderback, and if you know anything about her at all, you would know that acting name is her real name.  Lay off, Nikki Bilderback.  

  • Poultry

    http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2011/10/is-bring-it-on-actress-nicole.html

    As the website reveals, it is Nicole Bilderback who is suing

    • Htyds

      That’s not what the website says at all. It says that’s their guess. Way to spread more rumors.

  • Sowhat

    who cares anyway ……. why be so ashamed about ones age ……. age with grace , thats what i say and if you 40 then so be it …… all i worry about is if they can act i dont what things coz oh its young ppl who act in it ……. if its good then its good whether the ppl are young or old , ppl should deal with the fact that you have to get old one day and no lies or plastic surgery is gonna hide that , deal with it and move on. i am 35 and not affaid to tell ppl.