Jury finds in favor of IMDb in lawsuit brought by actress whose age was published
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has emerged victorious in its long-running legal battle with actress Huong "Junie" Hoang, who sued the company for revealing her age.
A jury found in favor of the company in U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday, bringing an end to the suit..
Hoang filed suit against IMDb anonymously in October 2011, claiming that IMDb damaged her career prospects by revealing her age after she signed up for the site's subscription service, IMDb Pro. Hoang claimed that the site had obtained her age when she used her credit card to sign up for IMDb Pro.
"In the entertainment industry, youth is king,” original complaint read. “If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e. approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work.” (According to Hoang's IMDb profile, she is currently 41.)
A judge compelled her to reveal her name if she wanted the suit to continue. Hoang, whose credits include "1000 Ways to Die" and "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," filed an amended complaint containing her name.
During the ensuing legal back-and-forth, IMDb — whose parent company, Amazon, was also named in the suit at one point — accused Hoang of lying to the company about her age on two separate occasions in order to appear younger.
""Hoang now seeks to hold IMDb liable for publishing the truth," IMDb said in a motion. "Yet none of these events would have occurred if Hoang had not first provided IMDb with a false birth date, and then insisted that IMDb investigate its own files for proof of her birth date."
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.