8.15.2016

Perlmutter vs. Peerenboom - a Hollywood case of defamation and genetic larceny

Ike Perlmutter, Chairman of Marvel Entertainment, vs. Harold Peerenboom, a Toronto businessman who founded multinational executive search firm Mandrake Management, is a fascinating look at a defamation case with political overtones and a little discussed legal minefield: genetic larceny.  This is an area particularly worrisome to celebrities, politicians, athletes and other famous people.
Genetic larceny has been the subject of other cases. In 2002, private investigators hired by former MGM mogul Kirk Kerkorian were alleged to have swiped DNA from film producer Steve Bing's discarded dental floss to prove he — not Kerkorian — was the father of a young child. Some stars have expressed concern about genetic pilfering, perhaps prompted by a now-shuttered website, CelebrityGenetics.com, which was offering a bounty for a star's first DNA sample. Madonna reportedly has ordered her dressing rooms be sterilized to thwart any DNA theft.
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Jiminian Law PLLC is devoted to helping victims of defamation.  An entertainment law attorney with a strong working knowledge of defamation, privacy, publicity and 1st Amendment issues, Danny Jiminian is available for a free consultation at 929.322.3546. 

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