From Rihanna to Ariana Grande, stars who sued brands for using their name without permission

 | Updated: Jul 23, 2020, 10:09 PM IST

From big clothing brands, to fake pop-up advertising companies, here's a list of celebs who have been calling out the brands and taking legal action -- in order to save their identity, image and for keeping their fans safe from marketing and advertising tricks. 

Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock


George Clooney and Julia Roberts

Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts together sued the two audio/visual technology companies, Digital Projection, Inc. and Beyond Audio Inc. stating the misuse of their names and images to sell their expensive projects. The lawsuits alleges that the particular company used their  photographs, identities, personas, publicity rights, privacy rights, trademarks, and trade dress in advertisements, marketing, and promotion without their permissions. 




Rihanna sued a British clothing brand Topshop for $5m over a graphic T-shirt with her photograph on it. The photo of her was taken when she was filming in Northern Ireland in 2011. The pop star claimed that the fashion chain deceived her fans and may have damaged her reputation.



Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson sued a French publisher over the use of her name. 'Marvel' star accused JC Lattes of using her name without her permission in author Gregoire Delacourt's novel 'The First Thing We Look' -- as the book tells the story of a car mechanic who falls madly in love for a woman he believes is the 'Avengers' actress. 


Kim Kardashian

One of the most infamous things about KUWTK was Kim's sex tape. The TV personality admitted on a reunion episode that the long-running series would not have been as successful without her 2007 sex tape.

'Looking back, probably not,' the 40-year-old reality star told host Andy Cohen during the first part of the 20th season reunion.


Ariana Grande

Singer Ariana Grande filed a lawsuit against the clothing chain Forever 21 and its cosmetics brand, Riley Rose, for allegedley using a look-alike model and for using the audio and lyrics to her song '7 Rings'. Grande sued over $10 million for the damages.


Clint Eastwood

Actor and director Clint Eastwood has sued several companies that sell CBD supplements, by saying he would never agree to endorse, and are falsely using his name and image for marketing.