Splash News & Picture Agency, which has been fighting the duchess in a privacy case, has also been a notable name for suing celebrities for posting images of themselves on social media.
Splash News & Picture Agency, a prominent paparazzi shop, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A global pandemic that had celebrities staying indoors is partly to blame, but also notable is Splash’s legal adventures over the years both as a plaintiff suing celebrities for posting copyrighted images of themselves as well as a defendant in a privacy action brought by Meghan Markle. Having difficulty navigating the financial situation, Splash reports having defaulted on a loan now worth nearly $1 million and is now seeking the protection of a Nevada bankruptcy court.
“Splash’s financial problems stem from three sources,” states Splash president Emma Curzon in a declaration submitted as part of the bankruptcy. “As a consequence of the global pandemic the availability of celebrity images has declined and budgets within media companies have been cut to reflect wider macro-economic challenges. This situation has been exacerbated by two ongoing litigation cases and the costs of defending these cases.”
One of the two cases is Splash’s battle with Markle over photos taking during a “private family outing” in a park in Canada. While the BBC and other press outlets reported a settlement this past December — a Splash spokesperson said at the time that going forward, “it will not take…