A group of West Coast models has filed a lawsuit that alleges a suburban Chicago strip club where they never worked or knew about used their modeling photos for advertisements without their permission.
The federal lawsuit filed this week in Chicago contends that the models’ careers were damaged and they were embarrassed when Polekatz Chicago Gentleman’s Club in Bridgeview put their photos on its web site and social media accounts.
The lawsuit is among dozens filed around the United States to crack down on strip clubs’ that use professional photos of lingerie models to attract customers.
Attorney Joseph Casas tells the Chicago Tribune that the advertisements falsely make it appear his clients are strippers who actually work at Polekatz.
A call by The Associated Press to Polekatz wasn’t immediately returned.