As one lawsuit ends, another begins: Ford Models and Women Management, two of the most respected modeling agencies, may be facing off in court. The New York Post reports that Ford Models has filed a $4 million suit against Women Management accusing them of poaching two of its models.
The models, Alana Zimmer and Karolina Waz, were supposedly pulled over to Women while in the midst of three-year contracts with Ford. Both Zimmer and Waz, each of whom have walked in New York, Milan and Paris, had been cultivated by Ford for years, the lawsuit states, and their poaching represents "repeated attempts to target and damage Ford's business."
"There are, upon information and belief, other models whom Women is seeking to seize from Ford," states the suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Ford is seeking damages of $2 million from Women Management and $1 million from each model, reports the New York Daily News.
This isn't the first accusation of poaching between Women Management and Ford -- except last time, the accusations went the other way. In 2010, Women sued Ford Models for allegedly stealing several of Women's top executives, claiming that "[Ford's] concerted recruiting efforts to date have led to the departures of eight of plaintiff's key employees."
Ford was also caught in several poaching lawsuits with modeling agency Next Management. In 2009 Ford sued Next Management for poaching up-and-comer Kendra Spears two years into her three-year contract. In 2010, Next turned around and sued Ford for stealing three of its models.
Guys, can't we all just get along?
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