Seeking a half-million dollars in damages, Kanye West‘s Yeezy apparel company is suing one of its Summer interns for posting confidential photos on Instagram.
As is standard operating procedure for companies interested in protecting proprietary information, the intern signed a non-disclosure agreement that contained a $500,000 liquidated damages provision, according to a complaint filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court. Such provisions put a flat-rate price tag on contractual breaches in an effort to ensure compliance with a number of rules.
The NDA prohibits the disclosure or dissemination of confidential information on social media. West accused the intern of sharing non-public images on Instagram and not removing them following multiple cease and desist letters. At press time, the Instagram account in question has zero posts.
The Yeezy company is suing for breach of contract and conversion, and is seeking the maximum $500,000 in liquidated damages as well as punitive damages. The Grammy-winning artist’s brand is also seeking an injunction mandating the intern relinquish the images and be banned from similar posts in the future.
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