Jury Awards Woman $100K Over Before-and-After Cosmetic Surgery Photos

Dan O’Connor reports:

Before-and-after neck-to-knees photos of a 64-year-old cosmetic surgery patient that somehow appeared in a newspaper article about her surgeon without her permission are at the center of a federal lawsuit in St. Louis.

Last November, a jury awarded $100,000 to the plaintiff, identified in court records only as Jane Doe from Bartow, Ga., population 307. The woman’s attorney, Richard Witzel of Witzel & Kanzler, is appealing the award, chiefly because the judge didn’t let the newspaper reporter testify about how she came into possession of the photos and whether she promised the surgeons that she wouldn’t publish them, he says. Mr. Witzel had initially sought $2.5 to $3 million for compensatory damages alone.

Read more of the details about the case on Outpatient Surgery.

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